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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

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

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

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

You’ve heard Saigon’s Greatest Story Never Told. Here’s the video.

The album drops on 2/15. Support good music. .

Could Araabmuzik be the next producer to dominate hip-hop? @omarakil3 thinks so after seeing his razor sharp skills on the MPC beat machine. What do you think?

The kid in this post just might have invented the next trending topic in hip-hop battling, cause he most likely won’t be (or is not) the only game in town

With the NFL playoffs heating up and DJ Premier dropping some heat on that Reks track, it’s perfect timing for this week’s PREEM-EAR by @omarakil3.

PREEM-EAR: NICK JAVAS PEPSI NFL AUDIBLE Sorry folks about the delay. The PREEM-EARs have been more delayed than a NY snow plow after the 2010 Blizzard. But being a true

This week’s playlist is an ode to some of the G-Funk greats of the 90s. Some will be expected–Dre, Snoop, DJ Quik, Ice Cube–but there may be a couple of surprises that make your head nod a little harder.

I was catching up on some reading today and finally read the Wiz Khalifa article in the October 2010 issue of XXL magazine (the whole issue was incredible).  There was

Statik Selektah drops a cool animated video on a track that sounds like it could have been done in the mid-90s (and I mean that in the best possible way) for the song 17 ft Mac Miller and JFK.

This is from Statik Selektah’s album called Leftovers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNYFSE3AvTI&feature=player_embedded.

It’s been a good week for Chicago MCs. Rockie Fresh and Naledge from Kidz in the Hall make it even better. Check out the video for Living.

Kids These Days kicked off the week showing there’s room for more than one hip-hop band and Rockie Fresh ends it showing there are more Chicago MCs than those named

Once again it’s the man with the master plan, they call him Sam and I think u better recognize. Here’s a “new” Sam Sneed joint called Lady Heroin.

Judging by the looks and sound of this however it’s much more likely an unreleased gem from the early 90’s.  Not mad at that though.  It was a classic era

This new Naughty by Nature song caught me by surprise. It’s more proof there’s no expiration date on the age for making good hip-hop. Check out the video for FLAGS ft Jaheim and Bilal.

The video is a mini-movie that features Ice-T. It’s a little heavy-handed but has a positive message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtJi8SE69E8&feature=player_embedded.

Let’s keep it strictly underground tonight. Here’s a hot one from J. Pinder aptly titled All That Fire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUViTbzeNkM&feature=player_embedded#!.

Young Lace may remind you of another young rapper who is a fan of the medicinal. Check out his video for…Gettin’ High.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59_c36UkUsM&feature=player_embedded.

Keeping it on the live hip-hop tip, check out Big K.R.I.T. in the studio with a band called Grillade. If this preview is any indication, K.R.I.T. is still on the come up.

By now, you know we’re FANS of K.R.I.T. Here’s another reason why: According to Yours Truly, there will be a whole EP released called The Grillade Sessions.  Let’s hope.  In

Kids These Days…are really dope. Like The Roots, they are a true hip-hop band. Check out their video for Darling.

Here’s another one from them called My Days: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mriAvnEctro.

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

Will Nas and DJ Premier do a whole album together? Hear what Omar Akil has to say on the matter in the latest installment of PREEM-EAR.

This ep of PREEM-EAR is more anecdotal than a “display of hidden hotness”.  I found this little clip of Primo calling out Nas in the motherland.  You’ve heard the rumors.

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.

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:

You heard the “G-Mix” for Wiz Khalifa’s Black & Yellow ft Snoop Dogg and T-Pain. Now here’s the video.

This is probably the first of many collabos between Snoop and Wiz. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWAGLkyxQG0&feature=player_embedded.

Saigon drops another hot one ironically called It’s Cold. Here’s the video.

It’s no secret we’re Saigon fans. Here’s why.  His album drops on 2/15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26c4oVsfIhI&feature=player_embedded.

Some may say Jay-Z but my money is on Snoop Dogg to be the first rapper to have a hit after turning 50. Check out his new video for Wet.

This one could be called Sexual Eruption–The Sequel. As with most sequels, it’s not nearly as good as the original, but the video is too hot for TV. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-Fj33r2qdc&feature=player_embedded.

It’s a slow day for new hip-hop so we take matters into our own hands. Check out this playlist of some classic joints.

Each Thursday night, we will be bringing you a different playlist to ease you into the weekend.  This week’s is full of old gems.  You’ll hear joints from Common, Wu-Tang

We’ve been drawing the comparisons between Big K.R.I.T. and J. Cole for some time. Now you can witness their first meeting. Check it out.

The 2 were joined by CyHi Da Prynce, another dope up and comer in the game. Peep some of the other similarities between J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. here. http://vimeo.com/18394927.

Josh Groban singing Kanye West tweets? Priceless. Check out the video.

This one is from the Jimmy Kimmel show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Axzxe1a78E&feature=player_embedded.

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. With Ross riding that Barry White sample it makes me realize he’s kind of

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.

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.

Can you believe one of the first shows on the new Oprah Winfrey Network is about Jay-Z? And, it’s a cool concept?

It’s been pretty well-documented that Oprah has had her issue with hip-hop, primarily regarding lyrics she believes to be detrimental to the community. It makes sense then that if she

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #1 YMCMB…could it be anything else?

Has there ever been 1 hip-hop label more dominant in a year than Young Money/Cash Money?  It depends on how you define “dominant.”  If you’re talking purely about record sales,

Whoa. Kanye West’s new video is kinda scary…but that’s fitting for a Monster. Check it out.

This one is more high art from Kanye.  The execution of Nicki Minaj’s verse is very dope.  This is clearly a work in progress, but you get the picture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WL-J0uo7_Y&feature=player_embedded.

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #4 Whut? Thee album???…there have been a lot of great songs in hip-hop over the years but not a lot of great ALBUMS. In 2010, there were at least 10…

When’s the last time you went back and listened to some of your favorite hip-hop albums from back in the day? I’m guessing if you randomly picked 10 of your

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