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If hip-hop was dead it lives again with Drake and The Roots

With yesterday being Tupac's birthday, it seems fitting to take a few ticks to reflect on the current state of hip-hop.  It's been a bleak couple of years (with some notable exceptions from Jay, Weezy and a few other's) but Drake's Thank Me Later is a solid piece of work front to back... Read more

Happy birthday to the homie Pac. Here’s one of the best mixtapes of his music ever made to celebrate his bday

DJ Vlad, Dirty Harry and DJ Green Lantern dropped Rap Phenomenon II over 5 years ago and it still stands up as arguably the best 2pac mixtape ever.  Click here or above to download the mixtape and judge for yourself.  Pac will never be replaced.  He might have had an Oscar... Read more

Miguel drops the video for All I Want is You, ft. J. Cole (Official Video)

I posted a bit on Miguel a while back.  I've seen him at a showcase since then and, while the performance didn't kill me, I still think he has a lot of potential and dig his artistry.  Time will tell.  This video is a good start..... Read more

Pharrell discusses the importance of education and his responsibility as an artist to promote that. Could he be more dope? (Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geTNnB93zPc Pharrell continues to demonstrate why he is a cut above the rest with his new initiative to promote kids staying in school.  If you haven't seen it yet, also check out his site Kidult.  It's like a cool cnn.com for kids that informs them without underestimating them..... Read more

In My Lifetime – Ayah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoSH90bSl08 Ayah is the great DJ Jazzy Jeff's latest protege.  She puts her spin on the sample of the timeless Everybody Loves the Sunshine by Roy Ayers, previously taken on by Mary and Trendz of Culture.  Those are BIG footsteps to follow, but Ayah does her thing..... Read more

Talk My Sh*t – Rhymefest (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXJkO7JGMEs This one grew on me in verse 2.  I met Rhymefest a few months ago at SXSW.  Good dude.  Never got his proper respect.  Speaking of Rhymefest, check out Kanye's new blog..... Read more

Pharrell on Christian Rich

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8jRLj8V1kk Check out the co-sign of Christian Rich's The Decadence..... Read more

The Decadence Mixtape – Christian Rich

This mixtape is more like an album than a mixtape and it's pretty dope.  It also got a serious co-sign from Pharrell.  It gets no heavier. .... Read more

The Fire – The Roots ft. John Legend

This is the second collabo between The Roots and John Legend off The Roots upcoming album How I Got Over dropping on June 22nd.  Perhaps it’s a result of The Roots serving as John Legend’s band on his upcoming album.  Whatever the cause, they seem to be a winning combination..... Read more

Lookin' 4 Ya – Big Boi ft. Andre 3000 and Sleepy Brown

Big Boi = Dope.  Andre 3000 = Dope.  Outkast?  Priceless.  Big Boi and Andre bring some more space funk while Sleepy Brown smooths it out.  Damn.  I miss Outkast, but I’m not mad at Big Boi…Click here for the download (thank you NahRight).... Read more

The Invitation Mixtape – Donnis

Donnis returns with another cool mixtape.  This one does not have as many original tracks as Diary of an ATL Brave did.  He’s probably saving those for his Atlantic debut, the EP Fashionably Late, which drops on June 22.  Still, this is a nice appetizer.  Enjoy..... Read more

T.I. Speaks One On One With Jamie Foxx (Video)

T.I. and Jamie Foxx chop it up mano a mano.  This is the best interview of T.I.P. I’ve seen since he got out.  The friendship and respect he and Jamie Foxx have makes this one intimate.  .... Read more

So Soulful

Listening to Rick Ross talk about his soulful musical influences inspired this playlist.  It features Curtis Mayfield, Mary J. Blige and others cited by the Teflon Don.  Tracklist below. Summer Madness - Kool & The Gang I Can’t Help It - Michael Jackson Give Me Your Love - Curtis Mayfield Holding... Read more

Doin' It Again – The Roots ft. John Legend

Is Black Thought the most underrated MC ever? Did the fact that The Roots are a live band and ?estlove’s presence take attention away from the fact that he consistently spits fire?  This track will only help Tariq’s case..... Read more

Rick Ross Discusses Teflon Don on Fader TV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiCPXXUtLYg Rick Ross is soulful.  You can hear it in the rolling bass of Super High.  You can hear it in the way he rides tracks like an instrument in his lush orchestrations.  As he talks to Fader TV about his musical influences it all makes sense.  Take a look..... Read more

Tightrope Remix – Janelle Monae ft. B.o.B. and Lupe Fiasco

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3obVteEVLI Lupe and B.o.B. fit with Janelle Monae.  They are 3 artists who are pushing the boundaries of their genres.  B.o.B’s and Janelle’s albums are 2 of the most solid to drop this year.  Lupe is next…Download Tightrope here. .... Read more

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

What is Google TV and Why Should You Care?

Do you ever use your computer or laptop while watching TV?  Soon there will be no need because you can do everything you want to do on your TV screen.  There’s been a lot of hype over the years, starting with Web TV in the ’90s and continuing with Windows... 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

What About the Numbers? – De-Coding the Mysterious Numbers on LOST

The mystery of the LOST numbers illuminated by Kunal M: So, while Lost ended last night with a very emotional episode that I actually thought was pretty good, the mystery of the numbers was never discussed. After the jump, here’s the mystery behind those 6 digits that have driven us... 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

Black and White: An Interview With Sean Combs – Man and Machine

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/10065469 This is Diddy raw and uncut, intimate—maybe even vulnerable—like you’ve never seen him.  This is 1 part of the 2006 BET doc in the style of Tyson..... Read more

What Do Dreams Mean?

Ever wondered what your dreams mean or why you keep having the same one over and over again?  Ever “wake up” and realize you’re still asleep?  Ever wonder if you’re still dreaming?…Recent breakthroughs give more insights into the meaning of our dreams.  Click here for the full story..... 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

Sound Control – The Slow Death of High Fidelity

  The sound quality of music has been going down for years while the volume has been going up.  Is it still music to your ears?  Click here for the story..... 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

Email Rage?

Studies now show that people are more prone to snap than before—especially when using computers.  Click here to read the full story..... 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

It Ain't Easy – CJ Hilton (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KdTWZMgqDc Meet CJ Hilton.  At first glance, he may seem like another R&B cat spewing hip-hop lyrics.  Take another listen.  Hear the live bass line, drums and keys.  Then, realize they were all played by him.  Take another listen.  Hear the Marvin Gaye-tone.  Could he be the next D’Angelo?.... 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

Fall Out Day

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/1953792 Check out this spoof on Groundhog Day featuring Pete Wentz from Itsthereal.com..... Read more

Is Facebook the New Internet

Is Facebook integrating itself into all things on the web and potentially mobile?  Click here to read Mark Cuban’s take..... 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

What is the Future of Media?

This comprehensive study of the media consumption habits of 8-18 year olds offers a preview of how media primarily will be used in the future.  Click here for the article. .... 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

Jay-Z: He Came, He Saw, He Conquered

  This Jay-Z documentary is a couple years old, but it remains one of the 2 best ever produced on him (the other being Fade to Black).   See a whole different side of Jay as he headlines the Glastonbury festival in the U.K.  The life and times of Shawn Carter,... Read more

Glee Hip-Hop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBFrbfoEgGg&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xd0d0d0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1 Can those 2 words be used in the same sentence?.... Read more

Are Tweets the New Tattoos?

The Library of Congress will be archiving all public tweets for posterity. Do you want your words kept forever?  Click here for the story..... 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

The Tower of Babel

Do we all have the capacity to speak every language buried within?  Click here to read about a Croatian girl who was in a coma woke up only being able to speak flawless German—a language she had only studied for a short time.  How did this happen? .... Read more