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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

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.

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.

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

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. 

Reek Da Villian and Freeway kick tailor-made flows over this laid back Statik Selektah track called I’m in the Hood.

This is one of the better songs off the Statik Selektah and Freeway project, The Statik Free EP. Statik Selektah has been steady grinding the last few months. Click here

Big K.R.I.T.’s Neva Go Back really comes alive when accompanied by a band. Check out this ill performance with Grillade.

We posted the preview of Big K.R.I.T.’s collabo with Grillade last week. This is going to be a dope EP when it drops.  Support good music. .

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: And,

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

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=cDyYHIDJ1CQ.

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

Here’s more Actual Proof that they are dope. This one is called Great Minds. Their album The Talented Tenth drops on MLK’s bday. Not a coincidence…

Click here to download.  If you like what you hear, click here for more Actual Proof..

Good things come in 2s. 2 nights, 2 strong cuts from Actual Proof. Dream was produced by 9th Wonder and Breathe sounds like it was produced by DJ Premier but was produced by AMP. Still underground…and hot.

Actual Proof are 9th Wonder’s new project (sorry LB fans).  9th and Phonte recently squashed their long-standing beef but there are no plans for a Little Brother reunion.  In the

Mike Jaggerr’s Cruise Control with Big K.R.I.T. dropped a few nights ago. Here’s the mixtape.

If you missed it, here’s Cruise Control (or listen below). Click here to download from the official web site.  Here’s the tracklist: .

Here are 2 dope joints straight from the underground. Check out Varsity Blues 2 by Murs and I’ma Murder by Jarren Benton.

Murs’ Varsity Blues was produced by Aesop Rock and I’ma Murder was produced by SMKA.  Both showcase lyrics first but the tracks are still official.  I might blow up but

NEW KANYE WEST AND JAY-Z. NUFF SAID. It’s called H.A.M…you’ll figure it out.

This is a dark track with big strings.  Need to give it a few more spins.  What do you think? Click here to download..

Outasight continues dropping hot joints. Losing My Mind is more on the jazzy underground tip. He’s another one poised to blow in 2011.

Outasight been killing it for a minute and continues to stretch the boundaries of hip-hop. Click here to download..

Next up for Swizz Beatz’s Monster Mondays? Rick Ross. Check out The Transporter.

This isn’t the strongest Monster Mondays offering, but it’s cool.  The old school joints he did with Rakim and DMX were super on point. Click here to download..

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:

Keeping it on the Nas tip here’s another (relatively) new joint called Courthouse.

This one first dropped a few months ago, but this version is tagless. Click here to download..

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.

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.

Yeah. Uh Huh. You know what it is…the second collabo from Big Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. It’s That Good.

We’ve already said these 2 were like brothers from another mother (and in a different generation)…Snoop calls them the new Cheech & Chong. However you slice it (lick it and

Wow. Terrace Martin, Kendrick Lamar and CyHi Da Prynce sound GOOD on this Stevie Wonder track. Check out Thirsty.

Click here to download. Here’s the Stevie original called Rocket Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9Js4VNzZLk.

Kanye West’s new song Eyes Closed didn’t make the album…but it’s Kanye so you know it’s worth a listen (or 10). Check it out.

Click here to download.  And speaking of songs that didn’t make the album, whatever happened to this one?.

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

CyHi Da Prynce is the 2nd best rhymer on G.O.O.D. Music…and he may just be coming for Kanye. Check out how he gets down on XV’s All For Me also ft Vado & Erin Christine.

CyHi killed his verse on So Appalled and MURDERED his freestyle on Shade 45.  Dude is poised to come up in 2011.  Could G.O.O.D. Music become the Young Money of

Smoke DZA drops another hot one. He’s consistently keeping it grimy and soulful. Check out King Me.

His last song sounded like Wu-Tang Clan making gangsta rap.  This one is more laid-back 70’s soul but the lyrics are still g. Click here to download..

Skillz’ 2010 Rap Up is SICK. Ya boy covers everything from Drake to Antoine Dodson and everything in between.

Skillz continues to be slept on but dude is super-talented: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PWUXrX6eBE Click here to download..

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=FcUmIRw0N5w.

New Wiz Khalifa–Teach You How to Fly…Hmm, wonder what that means?

Cool song. It has a chill out beach house kind of sound to it. Dude is crazy versatile. Click here to download..

Nas spits for the philosophical heads on Who Are You. We haven’t heard him like this in a while.

Looks like his time with Damien Marley reignited the introspective Nasir Jones. Click here to download..

Omar Akil is on a roll. Check out his re-ordering of The Roots How I Got Over in his latest installment of New World (AU)DER.

NEW WORLD (AU)DER: THE ROOTS HOW I GOT OVER The way you sequence an album can make or break its success, and affect its acclaim. For thier 11th studio album,

DJ Brans – Worldwide ft M-Dot & Armageddon

Here’s a hot new joint by DJ Brans featuring M-Dot & Armageddon.  It’s got that BOOM BAP and lyrics to go.  Check out the video for Worldwide. Click here to