The Bridge

I wasn’t checking for this new Big Sean single at first but it has grown on me–New Edition sample and all.

I wasn't expecting something so...R&B.  Different expectations yield different results though (and it's hard to hate on a No I.D. track after this).  Check out My Last ft Chris Brown. Click here to download.  If you need more R&B in your life, here's the original from New Edition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7flrKMGfwjw... Read more

Good God. I was not ready for the remake of Eric B. and Rakim’s classic In the Ghetto by The Roots, John Legend and Rakim Allah, himself.

Black Thought's verse alone would have been enough.  This is from J. Period's mixtape remix of The Roots and John Legend's Wake Up! album.  You can download the full mixtape for free here. Click here to download In The Ghetto.  Here's the original--easily one of the best rap records ever:... Read more

Where there’s Smoke…there’s fire! Check out Smoke DZA’s video for Ralph Lifshitz.

Boi-1da is on the track which starts with a Roy Ayers classic that will never get old. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-_Y-0tnmuM&feature=player_embedded Here are a couple of other songs that have sampled the Roy Ayers track used in the beginning plus the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoSPNjjLNeE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBApMFw9b_0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQtmkoakjOc... Read more

Terrace Martin continues his run of smoothed out hot joints. We Ain’t Gotta Go sounds like vintage D’Angelo and Dwele and features Big Snoop Dogg.

It's another #DeviTerraceTuesday winner.  Check it out. Click here to download.  Here's some D'Angelo and Dwele if you want to keep it smoothed out for a while. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3y2aP0B4Ic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxGkLOY0lwI.... Read more

This new 9th Wonder track bumps. It’s called Lemme Think and Rapsody is on the vocals.

It's good to hear how 9th chopped up one of Toni Braxton's best songs from back in the day.  It's also good to hear a woman MC not named Nicki for a change (and that is NO disrespect to Ms. Minaj).  We need more ladies in the game to balance... Read more

Pusha T’s voice is sinister. It just oozes murder music.

Check out how he kills this flow on My God.  Complete with marching band drums, this is up there with some of those Clipse classics. Click here to download.  Speaking of murder music and Clipse classics, here's a reminder: Clipse - Virginia Uploaded by sMUgmOnst3r. - Explore more music videos.... Read more

Freddie Gibbs dropped a behind the scenes video for Something New several months ago. Here’s the official video.

He still keeps it gangsta. You'll probably recognize the Isaac Hayes sample from Dr. Dre's XXXplosive. http://vimeo.com/19406494... Read more

Fresh off his new label signing, Wale just dropped 2 hot new videos. Check out The Break Up Song and The MC.

As you probably know, Wale recently signed to Rick Ross' Maybach Music.  It's unclear how this may affect his sound in the future, but The Break Up Song and The MC, both from Wale's 2010 More About Nothing mixtape, are vintage Wale.   The Break Up Song rocks a cool Stevie... Read more

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 it's an cool interesting video. http://vimeo.com/19414808 And here's Curtis Mayfield's classic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qH2mPNRO8Q... Read more

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 signing with G.O.O.D. Music.  He never had that one big song that put him on the map, though.  His new... Read more

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.... Read more

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 hard to believe but there used to be a time when cursing in hip-hop was rare...No judgments, just food for... Read more

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 3 or more albums deep. Even fewer incorporate a rock element into their sound. K.R.I.T. is doing both before even... Read more

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 G's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmYks8YKOZU Here's the original--On The Hill by Oliver Sain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-MSeohFtnM&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

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 Clap, much of his material has had a political theme.  Here's one of my favorites, The Truth ft Common and... Read more

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 Christopher Williams track from New Jack City: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0SZBFcuil4... Read more

Killa Kyleon funkdafies a classic Teddy Pendergrass joint on Rubberband Bank Rolla. Need some soulful ish in your life? Look no further.

Killa Kyleon digs his old soul. On his last song Get Rich or Die Tryin', he flowed over a Sade track. The combo works for him. Click here to download.  Ahmad also rocked the same sample on Back in the Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0WMSovOboY And here's the original Teddy Pendergrass classic, Love... Read more

Terrace Martin has been releasing some heat lately. His latest is a dope underground posse cut ft Murs, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Skeme, Problem and Casey Veggies.

This one weighs in at about 9 minutes strong.  There is no hook.  It's just a bunch of MCs spitting over a dope beat.  "Samples we can't even clear."  Real hip-hop. Click here to download and click here for more Terrace Martin. The length, lack of chorus and just endless... Read more

Saigon’s album is sounding like it’s going to be a classic. Here’s another hot joint called Clap from the forthcoming Greatest Story Never Told. It features Faith Evans singing the best gospel heard on a track since Jesus Walks.

Once again, Just Blaze provides the fire on the track. Click here to download.  The Greatest Story Never Told drops on 2/15. Here's some more of that gospel rap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYF7H_fpc-g&ob=av2el And, here's an interview with Saigon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSq7ocQm41s&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

Something about TiRon and Ayomari’s Good Food reminds me of The Pharcyde. What do you think?

Both groups have similarly light-hearted, melodic flows and the ability to rhyme about silly subjects but still keep them engaging. Click here to download.  And here's a little Pharcyde for ya: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJunijzmjks&ob=av2el.... Read more

Here’s a 4th track from the upcoming Actual Proof project called The Talented Tenth. These dudes are serious. Serious lyrics, serious beats, serious talent. This one is called The March.

The track is produced by Khrysis who Little Brother fans might remember from some quality collaborations.  If you missed the other Actual Proof leaks, click here.  Or, wait to get the Talented Tenth album which drops on 1/15, MLK's bday.  It sounds like it will definitely be worth it.  Support... Read more

How could I not post a new joint by Showbiz and KRS-ONE ? This one is called We Love This and also ft Fred Tha Godson

Click here to download.  And, here are a couple of classics from Showbiz and the blastmaster KRS-ONE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_jpVH3nlZo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDyYHIDJ1CQ.... Read more

Mickey Factz made some noise in the fall of 2010 but then he disappeared. He’s back with a new song called Black Tearz pt 2. Part 1 was cool, but part 2 is fire. Check it out.

Mickey Factz's Paradise had a sonic feel that was similar to Public Enemey #1.  This one is much more smoothed out. Click here to download.  Here's Black Tearz part 1, in case you missed it.  Both start with a sample from Spike Lee's classic, School Daze.  Is Mickey telling us... Read more

Beat lovers get ready to feast on some true ambrosia for heads. Witness the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League’s sample battle.

Here's some footage of Drake in the studio with the mighty J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League where he challenges them to battle one another with their dopest samples.  It's part of the Any Given Monday series that has been making Mondays a day to look forward to.  It ranks right up there with... Read more

Whoa. Up and coming producer Phonix sliced and diced We Are the Champions like a Samurai on Fashawn’s Manny Pacquiao. It’s worth checking for the sonic experience alone.

He sets it up nicely by letting the original ride for a minute in the beginning.  Click here for more Fashawn. Click here to download.  Here's We Are the Champions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04854XqcfCY Need some more Samurai action in your life?  Say no more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI82yybx7Bc&feature=related.... Read more

B.o.B. rocks out on a sample from an 80’s classic by Foreigner. He is one of very few in hip-hop who could pull this off. Check out the performance of Cold As Ice.

http://vimeo.com/18539778 This song just further builds his claim that he can't be defined by one style.  Click here to download his No Genre mixtape.  Here's Foreigner's version of Cold As Ice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UdXbMyo1rU.... Read more

Can you be hard rocking a Sade beat? Killa Kyleon will Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ to pull it off. Check it out and tell us what you think.

Click here to download.  If you missed it, check out Killa Kyleon truly killin' this Bill Gates track.  Here's the original Sade song Get Rich or Die Tryin' samples (classic): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKhfoKOTwZY.... Read more

It’s going to be a long cold Winter for Rick Ross haters. For everybody else he brings the HEAT with his new song Pandemonium ft Meek Mill and Wale. Get ready.

Click here to download.  He starts it off with the ill Boyz N the Hood sample to let you know it's about to be murder (starts at 3:25): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QVQx3OLEi0&feature=related.... Read more

It’s the real…hip-hop…courtesy of Saigon and Just Blaze in The Greatest Story Never Told. Check it out and some of Saigon’s classic mixtapes.

With Saigon, J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. there's a resurgence in rappers talking about real things. Saigon has been putting in work for over 10 years. It's good to see the album is finally dropping on February 15, after some classic mixtapes. Click here to download.  While you wait for... Read more

Rick Ross is still hustlin’ everyday. He’s even doing videos for mixtapes. Check out the one for 9 Pieces/Even Deeper.

These are from Rick Ross' Ashes to Ashes mixtape.  Click here to download if you missed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IG4xgt-OVA&feature=player_embedded With Ross riding that Barry White sample it makes me realize he's kind of like the hip-hop Barry White:  husky voice, overweight sex symbol, big bushy beard...hmm...Check the comparison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np5VvHx-1T4.... Read more

Fashawn, Common and John Legend ride a track that samples both Nina Symone and Terence Trent D’Arby on Strange Fruit. Ill combo.

Click here to download.  Here the Nina Simone and Terrence Trent D'Arby songs below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktsU01lfzLU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcUmIRw0N5w.... Read more

Tis the season to sample songs from movies. Lil Wayne samples One Night Only from Dreamgirls on his new song.

Wayne's version maintains the darkness of the original Jennifer Hudson version. Click here to download.  Here's the Dreamgirls version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRJAOzzg1nE.... Read more

Remember the blood bath scene in the movie Blade? Akon uses the music from it for his new song Drop Down ft Ludacris.

Always thought this music was dope in the movie.  I guess Akon did too... Click here to download. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OFgZQabR3g.... Read more

Vado and Raheem DeVaughn make some gangsta Quiet Storm hip-hop with It’s You. Check it out.

This one is surprisingly dope.  Vado and Raheem mesh much better than you would expect. Click here to download.  It's a fine line between corny and laid back, but when a hip-hip ballad is done properly it's a good look.  Here are a few others that have straddled the line... Read more

Respect your roots. Hip-hop was built on jazz, soul and FUNK. Tonight hip-hop lost funk legend Teena Marie.

Teena Marie: 1956 – 2010. There will be many tributes to Ms. Marie, who was known to bring the funk both solo and with her longtime partner in crime, Rick James, but tonight we will let the music do the talking. Tonight, we celebrate Lady Tee: Behind the Groove Square... Read more

This is the second joint we've posted from Stalley. Dude is really dope. This one is called Monkey Ish.

The song samples the mighty Pimp C (R.I.P.) from UGK: Click here to download.  You can find more Stalley here.  And, here's a classic joint from UGK: http://www.vimeo.com/2818789.... Read more

There's been a lot of heat around Pusha T since he linked with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music but Malice has always been my favorite half of The Clipse. Check out his verse on Ab Liva's Where Do We Go.

http://www.vimeo.com/18002640 Here's a side-by-side comparison of the brothers Thornton, aka The Clipse.  Who do you think is nicer on the mic?.... Read more

Rick Ross' 9 Piece ft T.I. sounds like the third part of a trilogy that started with MC Hammer and B.M.F. What do you think?

Click here to download.  Here are parts 1 and 2 of the "trilogy": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdNLClvoqro http://www.vimeo.com/13285609.... Read more

Ab-Soul is cool like that. Check out how he handles the classic Digable Planets track on his new song Titsenas

That cat's range has impressed me.  He dropped All Feelin' earlier in the year and it was a totally different sound but still dope.  Props to NahRight.com. Click here to download.  Here's Digable Planets' Rebirth of Slick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM4kqL13jGM.... Read more

DJ Quik is one of the most underrated producers of all time. He is the best producer from the West Coast not named Dr. Dre. Check out how newcomer L.E.$ just murders this Quik track.

Real talk, these 2 sound like they've been music together for years. RIDICULOUSLY hot G-Funk: Click here to download.  And here are 2 of my favorite DJ Quik joints of all time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6kky3k-MVk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOs6qNJevvE.... Read more

While we're celebrating dope producers from the 90's, check out this new track Large Professor did for this Nas verse.

This is a remix to Nas' No Ideas Original.  The drums Large Professor used for the remix are reminiscent of those he used for Nas' Halftime. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GYjbFuTmS0 Click here to download.  Here are some of Large Professors classic joints: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MUFwwEXTuY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAj8JnAhgqY&feature=related And of course the song that launched Nas' career:... Read more

Ever heard of Mr. Brady? He gets major props for doing a song with Blu and Diamond D called Get Choze. Check it out.

Blu has been making a comeback as of late.  He and Exile supposedly have another project coming out next year.  In the meantime, here's how he gets down with Mr. Brady: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8ZPx7NYWvc Click here to download.  And in case you forgot how Diamond D gets down, check these out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIY5--ufw8Q... Read more

Swizz Beatz' Monster Mondays have almost made up for the lack of G.O.O.D. Fridays. Almost…Check out We Keep It Rockin' with Maino, Jadakiss, Jim Jones and Joell Ortiz.

They go in on the classic beat used by the Ultramagnetic MCs on Funky and then 2Pac and Dr. Dre on California Love. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktpNWX2Qn58 Click here to download.  Here's California Love for the West Side: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWOsbGP5Ox4 ...and Funky for the East Coast OG's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oV13dHUfEM    .... Read more

Here's some new music from Uncle Snoop Dogg ft Hustle Boys, who sound like the 2010 version of Tha Dogg Pound. The video is called For the Good Times. [fbshare]

This one looks like it was funded by Landy cognac but the music is cool, so it's all good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dAfOTb-Abg&feature=player_embedded Check the comparison to Tha Dogg Pound: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pvR48FvXy4 The West Side is making a long-awaited comeback..... Read more

Blu continues to rep hard for the underground. Check out this performance of a new song called EaseYourMind.

Here's another Blu song (with Exile) called In Remembrance from one of my favorite albums of 2007 called Below the Heavens. Both the lyrics and the track are on point. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIhY62SRWXY.... Read more

I slept on Show Tufli a bit, but better late than never…Check out the video for 1st Class Ticket.

Show Tufli has an interesting story.  When he was 17 he had a stroke and was paralyzed for 40 days.  He overcame that and is now trying to conquer the rap game.  The song he spit over this chopped up sample of Erykah Badu's Window Seat is a nice start.:... Read more

Even Yelawolf wants to keep it old school right now. Check out his verses over the tracks for So Fresh, So Clean and Shook Ones.

[vodpod id=ExternalVideo.978750&w=425&h=350&fv=fake%3D1] Here are the originals (2 of the best duos of all time): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwD4gA7F_qk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP0wsET8__Y  .... Read more

Cee Lo Green's singing is dope no doubt but remember when he used to be a rapper? Here's a reminder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuWB9Nhoypw And here's his latest (singing) video for his song called It's OK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGe3GFWEO2I&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

Sean Price is the latest to rock the Rising to the Top track on Sabado Gigante. He does it justice. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13D_7NvKdyI Click here to download.  Here's some of the hip-hop lineage for this track: This one is for the new heads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UAAVv5e7kg Any old heads in the house? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NANIUizP18 And here's the classic original silky smooth Rising From the Top from Keni Burke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7K7O5ziHmk.... Read more

Here's another hot one from 1982 (Statik Selektah and Termanology) ft Ghetto and Ea$y Money. This one's called Shut it Down (Virgin MegaStore Boys) ft Ghetto and Ea$y Money.

Statik Selektah's track features a nice flip of one of Chante Moore's quiet storm classics as one of the samples.  For more on 1982, including a free EP, click here. And, here's the Chante Moore (and Keith Washington) song that was chopped (and sped) up quite nicely. .... Read more