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Raheem DeVaughn is one of the dopest singers to ever bless the mic. He's not hip-hop but it's in his roots. The legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff was one of the first to put him on when he was just Raheem. Check out his new mixtape called Jackin' 4 Beats.

Click here to listen to and download the mixtape.  He did indeed jack these beats so most of them will sound familiar to you.  The track list is below.  First, here are a couple of songs Raheem did with Jazzy Jeff from back in the day on Jazzy Jeff's The... Read more

AZ is still putting in quality work 17 years after his killer cameo with Nas. Check out the video for the remake of Gimme Yours which was produced by Statik Selektah.

Statik Selektah has quietly become one of the hardest working producers in the game.  This is a good look for both him and AZ: .... Read more

Here's some bonus KiD CuDi. It's not included in the album but it fits right in. The video is called Mojo's So Dope (but I'm sure KiD CuDi was not inhaling…).

This one is produced by the cool kids over at Decon. If you have not heard KiD CuDi's album, here's a friendly nudge..... Read more

B.o.B. and Wiz Khalifa??? Yeah. It's as ill as it sounds. Check out F*ck the Money.

Is anybody else getting excited for Wiz's album to drop? Click here to download..... Read more

Do you dig The Joy by Kanye West ft Curtis Mayfield, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson and KiD CuDi? Pete Rock's instant classic track was originally set for a group called Strong Arm Steady and was called "Makings of You." Check it out.

Props to NahRight.com for the scoop.  If you missed The Joy, do yourself a BIG favor and cop it right now here.  It's arguably the best of the G.O.O.D. Friday releases. 13 Makings of You by letskeepgoing Click here to download.  As dope as Pete Rock's production is, this track... Read more

The (Internet) revolution will be televised. Google TV has finally launched and the union between Internet and TV is nearly complete.

People have talked about the "information superhighway," "WebTV," "iTV," "IPTV" and "convergence" for decades but these predictions of when the Internet and TV would merge have typically been wildly optimistic.  With the second version of Apple TV being released a few weeks ago and Google TV being released imminently, it... Read more

If you missed the 1982 album, it's one of the doper ones of the year (and that's saying a lot). They just released a free EP bonus album. Check it out.

In case you missed it, 1982 is the group formed by Statik Selektah and Termanology.  Here are some previous posts about them to give you a taste.  These are 2 of my favorite joints (0nly on the album, not the EP): Click here to download the EP.  Tracklist is below.... Read more

Ice Cube's new song Nothing Like L.A. is nothing like his vintage joints from the 80's and 90's but I'm not mad at it.

Check out the performance from the George Lopez show: Need more Cube in your life?  Here's something old: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWfbGGZE07M And something (relatively) new to show you the big homie's still got it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-UXqndiBHE.... Read more

Happy Thanksgiving. Here are a few songs that may be appropriate for the day. Enjoy (and no guilt).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu-s-SeigWs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpkUNAmtTXs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUTI2kmhFwU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUtf_Q4dg9Q  .... Read more

Nicki Minaj, Jim Jones and Ricky Blaze (who??) Feel Free. Check it out.

The song actually belongs to Ricky Blaze and word has it Nicki recorded this verse a couple of years ago.  Strange, it sounds a lot like the pop stuff she's been doing lately...Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17UrImSJKVc Click here to download..... Read more

People Under the Stairs created an underground classic with their 2002 album titled O.S.T. They have some other bangers since then and their latest video is an ode to beer called Beer…it's deeper than that though. Peep the legacy.

Props for the Laverne and Shirley spoof in the beginning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbuk0TSWzqc&feature=player_embedded#! If you're not up on People Under the Stairs, they are West Coast retro backpackers.  They're rhymes are all about party and bullsh*t and they're flow is strictly old school.  Here are some of their better joints from the... Read more

It's hard to believe but Nicki Minaj actually made a POP album…and it's really good.

I resisted the Nicki Minaj bandwagon for a really, really long time.  At first, I thought she was a Young Money puppet-- a female extension of Lil Wayne.  Her clothes and image seemed overly sexual and I thought they were designed to be a distraction from a lack of true... Read more

Are you wondering why in the hell The Joy wasn't included on Kanye's album? Pete Rock has the answer (and you're gonna like it).

The mighty Pete Rock talks about working with Kanye on The Joy (arguably the best of the G.O.O.D. Friday gifts).  He also reveals that the track will be included on the upcoming Kanye and Jay-Z album called Watch the Throne which is rumored to be dropping this year (good G*d... Read more

You may remember Reek Da Villain from BET's Hip-Hop Awards Cypher. Money is ill. Check out Mechanics (the remix) ft Busta Rhymes and Swizz Beatz

The fact that he's riding the track that Method Man crushed on Bring the Pain just makes it more ill. Here's Meth's joint: And, the original track was called I'm Your Mechanical Man by Jerry Butler (the sampled part comes in at around the 3:00 mark but the whole song... Read more

Emilio Rojas has been getting a lot of coverage from other blogs lately but this is the first joint of his I kinda feel. It's called Tell No Lies (which I didn't) and it features B.o.B. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bf_pNjNKw8 Click here to download Tell No Lies. If you're really feeling it, you can download his whole mixtape Life Without Shame, presented by Green Lantern, here..... Read more

Keeping it on the Kanye tip, check out this new track called That's My B*tch ft Kanye and Jay-Z.

This one is not as strong as anything on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (or even G.O.O.D. Friday for that matter) but it's worth a listen.  It also features Elly Jackson of La Roux. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVN8WwrSIxI Click here to download..... Read more

More Kanye…it's just too damn G.O.O.D. Here's an article from Complex magazine that gives intimate details on the making of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in Hawaii with the likes of Pete Rock, KiD CuDi, The RZA, Pusha T, Nicki Minaj and many, many others.

Here's how the story begins: "Did you look at my eyes?" asked Kanye West over the phone. He was calling from Milan. It was the middle of October 2009. It had been over a year since the completion of his last LP, 808s & Heartbreak, but this conversation was my... Read more

Nicki Minaj is the new girl in town but Jean Grae has been holding it down for the ladies for the better part of a decade. Check out Bridge, produced by the innovator RJD2.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lt4qJCdAYc Click here to download.  Both Jean Grae and RJD2 are dope at their craft but each has taken a backseat to others in the game who have achieved more popularity for one reason or another.  For Jean, it's clearly Nicki now and RJD2 (he created the theme song to... Read more

Swizz Beatz has been steady grindin' with his Monster Mondays. This week's edition is Bad One ft Busta Rhymes.

The beats are predictably FRESH.  Busta Rhymes is also in good form.  Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKYJfmEGPiE Click here to download.  If you missed them, check out Y'all Don't Really Know (also ft Busta Rhymes), King Tut ft Rakim and Bang Bang ft Pusha T and Pharrell..... Read more

G.O.O.D. Monday. There was no new Kanye music on Friday because he blessed us with the full album today. If you've heard it, you know it's genius. If not, get ready for a treat…and here's another. Check out the samples Kanye used for the album here.

Click here to download the samples.  Tracklist is below as well as the opportunity to listen to most of the tracks. Mike Oldfield – “In High Places” (Dark Fantasy) The Turtles – “You Showed Me” (Gorgeous) Cold Grits – “It’s Your Thing” (Power) King Crimson – “21st Century Schizoid Man”... Read more

With no G.O.O.D. Friday (or Saturday) it's been a slow weekend in hip-hip. Here are some blasts from the past that you may not have heard in a minute to help get you to Monday.

Speaking of G.O.O.D. Friday, what do you think happened?  Kanye promised new music each Friday through Christmas.  Do you think it had something to do with his album leaking, the Matt Lauer interview or something else altogether?  In the absence of a new Kanye joint, here's some good music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCbwHN07L10... Read more

Need some more Dr. Dre in your life? Check out this behind the scenes footage from the making of the video for Kush.

The audio is mostly Kush playing (not a bad thing) interspersed with some brief commentary from 50, Dre and some true G's...Check it out: http://www.vimeo.com/17018095.... Read more

Nicki Minaj loses the funny voices on Girls Fall Like Dominoes (for the most part). Better or worse?

This one is only a bonus cut on the iTunes album, but it's sounding like the album is going to be very interesting.  Nicki and Kanye are both in stores now.  It's going to be a good day for hip-hop. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BpAEmtR7-c Click here to download..... Read more

Jay-Z has been on a massive promo tour for the launch of Decoded. If you've seen one interview you've seen them all. This Bloomberg piece is a little different. It's a look at Jay through the eyes of some of his most powerful friends and influences. Check it out.

The video is the latest episode of Bloomberg's Game Changers series which has featured people like Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Sergey Brin (the founders of Google) and Steve Jobs.  It tells the story of Jay-Z's rise from the corner to the corner office.  Click here to see the video.... Read more

Imagine if Souls of Mischief had done gangsta rap. Hmm…it probably would have sounded something like Ridin' and Smokin' by Fashawn ft Night and Dirty Money. Check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIlrOWcmPaI&feature=player_embedded I actually think these cats were truly inspired by Souls of Mischief.  Peep the flow in '93 Til Infinity and check out the close up panoramic solo shots in the video.  See a pattern?  .... Read more

Diggy Simmons is reppin' Queens HARD. This time he does it with a freestyle over Mobb Deep's classic Shook Ones.

This kid is about to blow. Diggy Simmons- {Shook Ones Freestyle} from philthegod. on Vimeo. The Bridge is on a whole different level with this one.  Here's Shook Ones by one of Queensbridge's finest, Mobb Deep: And, of course Diggy made his debut rhyming over this classic Nas track..... Read more

Where I'm From by MED ft Aloe Blacc is pretty dope. Check the video.

This is definitely the underground fix for the day and it's quality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_X8AEHH15E Click here to download..... Read more

Remember Mike Posner before he went pop? No? Check out the video for Ambiguous Girl ft Clinton Sparks, Big Sean and Mike Posner (back in smooth R&B mode).

The song is from Big Sean's mixtatpe, Finally Famous 3. Click here to listen and download. ExternalVideo.977016&w=425&h=350&fv= Also, if you weren't down with Mike Posner pre-Cooler Than Me, check out his mixtape A Matter of Time. It was voted one of the bext mixtapes of the year.  Does anyone else... Read more

There's a reason why Faith Evans and Biggie got married. She has hip-hop in her blood. In her latest song They Wanna Know ft Ras Kass she rips Nas' One Love track. Check it out.

Ras Kass verse is just aiight but Faith makes up for it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8Lra0lW-Z0 Click here to download. Here's the classic Nas joint: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yKDMrX8LlY And, in case you missed Faith singing over Biggie's Everyday Struggle, check this out.  .... Read more

B.o.B. has been on some Rock/Pop ish with Nothin' On You, Airplanes and Don't Let Me Fall, the 3 singles from his album. His back in Beastmode with is new single from his upcoming mixtape and he SPITS. Check it out.

We talked about his range a couple of days ago.  This is the other side.  It's from his upcoming mixtape aptly called No Genre which is dropping on 12/7/10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vvuLAl99ec&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

Saigon has been on a tear lately. Check out the video for Strength/Great (beats supplied by Just Blaze)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azTr1A6witY&feature=player_embedded Here are some of the other things Saigon has been up to lately..... Read more

CyHi The Prynce + J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League = G.O.O.D. Music. Check out his video for Living Wonderful directed by Decatur Dan, the visionary who produced the incredible "making of" Aston Martin Music video.

This one is from CyHi's Royal Flush mixtape. Cyhi Da Prynce - Living Wonderful from Decatur Dan on Vimeo. And if you missed it, PLEASE check out that Aston Martin Music "making of" video.  Straight chills..... Read more

Detox is definitely close to dropping. The second song in a week has leaked. This one ft Eminem and is called I Need a Doctor.

The mix on this one is pretty poor but you get a decent idea of what the finished product will sound like. Click here to download.  Speaking of mixes, Dr. Dre has always been a super-perfectionist.  The version of Kush that leaked a few days ago was not the final... Read more

The Foodchain are a lot like Little Brother, from the deep dirty funky basslines to the singing on the hooks. Check out Reverse Psychology and see if you agree. Even if you're not feeling the comparison it's still funky…

According to Nahright.com, these dudes recently signed with Statik Selektah. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psSWq73cHig&feature=player_embedded Hating the Little Brother comparison?  Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49EPf3Ds80I.... Read more

B.o.B. is a true artist. VERY few rappers can rock a mic and a guitar. Check out the video for Don't Let Me fall, his latest contribution to the culture.

A friend told me about B.o.B. 2 years ago.  He had some crunk mixtapes out that were very different than the music on his album and I wasn't feeling it.  He kept telling me about seeing B.o.B. live and how ill he was going from guitar to drums and so... Read more

New Nicki Minaj ft Kanye West! Nuff said.

The track is called Blazin' and for the 3rd time in 4 singles, she's used an 80's sample.  Coincidence? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbTNu5m1Lcw Click here to download. Here's the 80's sample.  Breakfast Club fans rejoice! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAdaQhitdKg.... Read more

Here's a nice little cut from Talib Kweli called Cold Rain. The track is courtesy of Ski Beatz.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irN6JcmwOYk Click here to download.  It's great to see the mighty Ski Beatz still in the game.  Check the resume..... Read more

Yelawolf's flow is so ill. Check out his new song Daddy's Lambo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3XNfQHWUTE Click here to download (no tags)..... Read more

The Kid Daytona just dropped his album for free but it's actually worth buying…Check it out

We dropped The Kid Daytona's song Lifted ft Styles P and the ill O.C. sample a couple of days ago.  Here's the whole album (what's the difference between an album and a mixtape these days anyway?).  The album is called The Interlude. Listen and download below. .... Read more

T.I. and Eminem get it in on All She Wrote. T.I. is starting to come with it for his album. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFF_0ES4B-w Click here to download.  .... Read more