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Beautiful Monster – Ne-Yo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSFykuqA-DQ&feature=related Wow.  Ne-Yo is on a whole different level.  This is a club BANGER.  You have to hear it LOUD to really feel the power of the unyielding build of the track into the chorus.  Will.I.Am started this new cylce of dance music/R&B/rap fusion.  Ne-Yo is owning it with Beautiful... Read more

If it Ain't About Money – Fat Joe ft. Trey Songz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SZsYhMh1Pg Funkmaster Flex spun this joint with straight venom in his voice when he premiered it.  He was on a tear about some local DJs who were hating on his game (radio, clubs and cars).  The soundtrack was so sweet it didn’t matter what he was saying—Joey Crack spitting with... Read more

JayPhilla – Phil Nash

  Phil Nash is ill.  I took notice after hearing him lace a Jazzy Jeff beat on Mick Boogie’s Change Makers mixtape (click here for the download), so I decided to dig a little deeper.  What I found is that Phil is 3 mixtapes deep (same number it took for... Read more

Set Me Free – Lloyd ft. Mystikal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clha5JwUZCo In the words of Jay-Z and Beanie Siegel, this is that “Ignorant Sh*t” but man is it hot!  Mystikal spits fire likes its 2001 and he and Lloyd rock a track that is vintage Nawlins Louisiana (Who Dat before J. Cole).  Enjoy..... Read more

I'm Ill – Red Cafe ft. Fabolous (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV1czq6MQVI Really feeling this right now.  Definitely a party starter and could end up being the Summer anthem.  Diddy still has that ear for ill hip-hop….... Read more

Meditations on Hip-Hop, Vol. Too

Think of this as hip-hop for chilling, sitting back and relaxing or just marinating.  It’s hip-hop for a rainy day.  Just hit play, sit back and let it ride.  Tracklist is below. Kick it to the Beat – J-Live The Lights – Nicolay & Kay Do You Think About Me... Read more

Stairway to Heaven – Mary J. Blige

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nEiWSeO-vc The incomparable Mary J. Blige puts her stamp on one of the greatest rock songs of all time.  Like it or not, you have to respect the artistry.  Randy Jackson, Travis Barker, Mary and others talk about the making of the song and what it meant to perform together..... Read more

All Night Long (Miss Me) – Drake ft. Lil Wayne

Another banger from Drake produced by Boi-1da.  They are becoming a can’t miss team having already killed it together on Best I Ever Had, Forever and Over.  Could they bet the 20 teens version of Kanye and Hov (or Pharrell and Hov…or Timbaland and Hov)?  Click here for the download..... Read more

Find Your Love – Drake (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyv4Bjja8yc As with most sad Kanye beats (808 & Heartbreak, Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon), this track gets better with each listen.  Drizzy invests some time and energy in a pretty slick video..... Read more

Amorous – Jesse Boykins III (Official Video)

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/11454106 “‎​​I am a reawakening of the Romantic Movement ; an observer of Love and the Power it holds. So when given the opportunity to document my priceless experiences and connect them with moments in melody I’ve captured, I am humbled. Amorous is my appreciation for the relationship and the magic... Read more

The Drought is Over Mixtape – Drake

There are a couple of new joints here (notably What I’m Thinking Right Now), but it’s mostly a compilation of Drake’s best mixtape material ahead of the new album.  Download here. Track List: 1. Drake Speaks 2. Good Night, Good Luck 3. Uptown (Original) (Feat. Bun B & Lil’ Wayne)... Read more

I'm Beamin' – Lupe Fiasco (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge4BEdyZ8bM He’s baaack…Lupe Fiasco returns with a cool breezy new joint.  This is vintage Lupe..... Read more

Where They Do That At? – K. Michelle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH21KcQzI1M Wow.  She can sang!.... Read more

Miguel Playlist

The 80’s are definitely back.  In some cases, that’s a bad thing.  Some hairstyles should never return.  In the case of Miguel, however, it’s a good thing.  He has a lot of Babyface in his vocal, and a hint of Prince, but check it out for yourself. .... Read more

Who Dat – J. Cole

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bufwGKV-9Yw The first single from the heir apparent.  Is his official debut as strong as Lebron’s was?.... Read more

Super High – Rick Ross ft. Ne-Yo (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtY2wHs44qI Another instant classic from Rick Ross.  The first single off the Boss’ new album, Teflon Don, featuring Ne-Yo.  Regardless of his street cred, dude’s music cannot be denied.  Click here to download..... Read more

DJ Premier Guru Tribute Mix

Here's the Guru tribute from the legendary DJ Premier (one of the greats--producer, DJ and person): Keith "Guru" Elam Tribute Mix by Dj Premier Blog Radio on Mixcloud.... Read more

Gang Starr’s Guru Dead at 43

Keith "Guru" Elam died on April 20, 2010 at the age of 43 after a long battle with cancer.  I knew Guru personally and he was always nice and humble when we spoke.  Regardless of all the rumors that swirled around his death, he left a lasting musical legacy, both... Read more

Biggie Playlist and Rap Phenomenon Mixtape

Any day is a good day for a biggie mix.  Also, click here to download the classic Notorious B.I.G. Rap Phenomenon mixtape by DJ Vlad and Dirty Harry. And, you can listen to the whole thing below: Download Mixtape.... Read more

Ibiza Sonica: La Latina – Karlos Sense

  Press play, sit back, close your eyes and imagine the sunset at a cafe in Ibiza. .... Read more

Over – Drake (download)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lTB1pIg1y0 Is it humanly possible for Drake to live up to the hype?  Only time will tell.  For now, he continues to release solid joints live Over.  Click here for the download..... Read more

The Boondocks – Asheru ft. Raheem Devaughn (download)

Fresh new song from one of the most slept on MCs.  If you like Talib, Common, Black Thought, J-Live or any other MC with something to say about more than whips and chicks, peep this (courtesy of Nahright.com).  Click here to download..... Read more

Never Too Much – Classic Soul and R&B Playlist

Classic joints never get old.  They just get better.  Click here or above to play.  Trackist below: Never Too Much - Luther Vandross Rock With You - Michael Jackson Give Me the Night - George Benson Give it to Me Baby - Rick James September - Earth, Wind and Fire... Read more

The Changemakers Mixtape – Mick Boogie and Friends (Download)

More Mick Boogie.  Is there a better mixtape DJ in the game right now? 1) Oncue - The Changemakers Intro (produced by CJ Luzi) 2) U-N-I - Chillin’ (produced by THX) 3) Don Will feat. The Park - Love Junkie (Wallpaper Remix) 4) Big Pooh - Get It In (produced... Read more

Detention Mixtape – Kidz in the Hall and Mick Boogie (Download)

Lost jewel dropped in 2007. Has there been a better underground rap group since?  Click here to download. 01. Intro 01:09 02. Detention Freestyle 01:50 03. Lose Your Mind 04:03 04. Kickdrums Freestyle 02:28 05. Never Forget 03:00 06. Get Busy Pt.1 02:32 07. Work To Do 03:53 08. Train of Thought... Read more

Let's Go!!! – Playlist

Old school hip-hop playlist guaranteed to get you hyped. Tracklist below. Click here to play. Notorious B.I.G. – Who Shot Ya? Jay-Z – Rock Star Lil Cease ft. Lil Kim and Puff Daddy – Play Around Big Pun – Glamour Life Mase ft. Puff Daddy – Can’t Nobody Hold Me... Read more

Beats by Kanyeezy

Does anyone else miss Kanye West?  I was at the 2009 VMAs where the infamous Taylor Swift bumrush occurred and I still don't get the backlash against Kanye West.  Yes, he rushed the stage and yes, Taylor Swift was America's sweetheart, but so what?  He had done this so many times... Read more

Jay Electronica – ElectroChemicals Mixtape Download

Where have all the Jay Electronica mixtapes gone?  Click here for one of the last few standing..... Read more

J. Period & Nneka – The Madness Mixtape (Download)

Nneka is a Nigerian artist with a soul and soul.  Her music is inspired by the political and socio-economic conditions facing her native Nigeria.  She has released an eclectic album (Concrete Jungle - click here to purchase) and is a phenomenal performer.  Is the world ready for her? Download Mixtape.... Read more

J. Cole – A Nigga From the Ville Mixtape

Is J. Cole the savior of hip-hop?  Based on his already classic mixtapes and stellar performances in NYC and at SXSW, he may live up to those expectations.  If Jay-Z is the Mike Jordan of rap, J. Cole is his LeBron.  Download his latest mixtape here..... Read more

J. Cole – The Warm Up Mixtape

Click here for the download..... Read more

Mick Boogie/Pharrell So Ambitious Mixtape

Mick Boogie laces us with another classic.  This one is compilation of some of Pharrell's hottest tracks.  Click here for the download..... Read more

AFH: J Dilla Tribute

James Yancey, aka Jay Dee, aka J Dilla, one of the greatest producers in hip-hop history, was born 39 years ago on February 7, 1974 and unfortunately passed away on February 10, 2006. We're celebrating his life and incredible impact with a number of the great tributes that have been... Read more