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Cooking Soul laced The Cool Kids with an ill track for the remix of Gold Links.

It's got a hard beat and samples from Eric B. and Rakim and Erick Sermon. Check out the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39g3Phr6hYU&feature=player_embedded And, here are the Eric B. and Rakim and Erick Sermon joints. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnNkaO1EMyQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpeBTDpW71c... Read more

Moe Green kicks a few verses over a track from The Weeknd. Check out the video for 707.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ByeWYIZ6WI&feature=player_embedded Click here to download.  And, if you haven't downloaded The Weeknd House of Balloons album, you can listen to the whole thing and download it below.  The track Moe Green used is called Glass Table Girls. Download Mixtape... Read more

Royce Da 5’9″ + DJ Premier = FIRE. They first linked up in 2002. Here’s their latest collabo.

Check out Second Place.  The Nickel Nine is busy this year.  In addition to his Bad Meets Evil album with Eminem (click here for their new song with Slaughterhouse), He's dropping a solo joint later this Summer.  Be on the lookout for Success is Certain. Click here to download.  Here's... Read more

Kidz in the Hall have been doing it BIG for years but they have never made it big.

They will get their chance starting Sunday as their new reality web series, Here Now, debuts Sunday on www.kidzinthehall.com and  suckerfree.mtv2.com.  They also have a new album, Occasion, dropping later this Summer.  Here's a new video from Occasion, which features a trailer for Here Now, at the end.  Check out... Read more

Kids These Days are a dope hip-hop BAND. They have a hot spitter, guitar, trombone, saxophone, drums and more…

Check out their new video called Summerscent. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAopeQdGe8Y&feature=player_embedded Click here for more Kids These Days.  And, speaking of hip-hop bands, these cats were one of the first (and no, it's not The Roots). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ2pArGnXJ8... Read more

Here’s some new J. Cole. This is one of the hottest joints he’s been on in a while.

You might recognize the beat from this sick Side Effekt beat we posted a while ago, called The Essence.  We actually asked who you thought would rock the hardest on the track...Looks like Cole answered that....Check out How High. Click here to download.... Read more

Diz Gibran has been dropping some burners lately.

His last joint, The Return, was so tight, it was the lead off on our latest mix.  This latest song  is called Slick.  Diz's flow on the track is reminiscent of the late, great Big L.  Check it out. Click here to download.  Peep the Big L comparison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHnT1WSfVf0... Read more

Rapper Big Pooh and WarrenJae spit some flame on a track with a funked up riff on the Herb Alpert bass line featured on Biggie’s Hypnotize.

Check out Live. Click here to download Live.  This is from WarrenJae's solid mixtape, titled The Dreamcatcher, which you can listen to and download here.  Here's the Biggie joint: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypP8sMHo74Y And, here's Herb Alpert's original, Rise (the sample kicks in around 3:15): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ennMD1fPtXA... Read more

Talib Kweli blesses Clyde Carson with a verse on U & I. The track has a funky laid back West Coast feel to it.

Check it out. Click here to download.  Talib sounds good on these West Coast tracks.  Remember this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEkHSPgySuM... Read more

Here’s another ill sample. Check out how Nottz flips this classic Queen track for Pusha T.

Here's the video for Pusha T's Open Your Eyes.  This is another one from Pusha T's stellar Fear of God mixtape. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZwAgHmcj2s&feature=player_embedded Here's the Queen classic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9rUzIMcZQ... Read more

Curren$y and newcomer Celeb Forever jump on one of Lenny Kravitz’s most psychadelic soulful tracks.

Check out Alive. Click here to download.  Here's the Lenny Kravitz track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StF5rMCrV3w... Read more

Phil Ade has been paying tribute to a lot of artists from the 90’s in his PhilAdeFridays series. This week he jumps on De La Soul’s classic Breakadawn track.

Check it out. Click here to download.   And, here's De La's version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udSjNOZ26o8... Read more

Remember the magic DMX and Swizz Beatz used to make together? Here’s a new one to add to their discography.

I'm not saying it's where they used to be, but DMX is GOING HARD like he hasn't in a looong time. Check out Get Your Money Up. Click here to download. And, in case you forgot how hard they used to go, check these out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThlhSnRk21E http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMRXGnGrHak... Read more

EDO.G is back with on a vintage track from DJ Premier…it’s a perfect opportunity for a new installment of PREEM-EAR.

PREEM-EAR: EDO G "FAST LANE" It's been a minute, so if you don't recall or your new to AFH, PREEM-EAR is the column in which I break down DJ Premier tracks--many of which may not have gotten the shine they deserved.  Fast Lane is an exception because it's new AND... Read more

Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″‘s collabo on Bad Meets Evil was one of the dopest songs on The Slim Shady LP.

They traded hot bar after hot bar. The have flirted with making a full album together called Bad Meets Evil for some time. It looks like it will finally happen and the first single is here. Check out Fast Lane. Here's Bad Meets Evil if you haven't heard it in... Read more

It takes BIG STONES to hop on a track that Jay-Z murdered back in the day, but that’s just what Pusha T did on Can I Live…

...and he kinda killed it. I'm not saying he topped or even equaled Jay, but it's hard to be mad at what Pusha did with the track. Check out the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74niHnKDLcw&feature=player_embedded This is from Pusha T's Fear of God mixtape. If you missed it, click here to download.  And,... Read more

Miles Jones’ Say What has got a bouncy soulful feel to it.

It kinda reminds me of later stage Slum Village. Check it out. Click here to download.  Here's the Slum Village comparison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTFEIG12UJw... Read more

Dead Prez celebrate beauty that goes beneath the skin on The Beauty Within.

This is to the tune of B.o.B.'s Nothin' On You. Check out the video. http://vimeo.com/22800990 Of course this isn't the first time they've looked past the physical to seek a connection. Remember this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwTNOxJXMYM... Read more

Kev Brown is one of those producers who has never gotten the proper level of recognition. He just dropped a new mixtape called Classic Joints that should help change that.

Best known for his incredible remix of Jay-Z's Black Album, The Brown Album, Kev specializes in beats with dirty funky bass lines (reminiscent of his brethren Pete Rock and 9th Wonder). Here's a playlist of some of the Joints from the new mixtape. The tracklist and download link are below.... Read more

ScienZe’s Song in a Glass is a nice metaphor. The track has a smooth jazzy feel to it, with vintage lyrics.

This would fit right in on a vintage Slum Village playlist.  Check out the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUkzda27tCE&feature=player_embedded Not a bad mix with something like this, right: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-oLqMwzvBY... Read more

Roy Ayers is a musical giant. His tracks have built some of the most important samples in hip-hop.

There's a documentary coming out on Roy Ayers later in the year (great year for music documentaries, btw. With the amount of his music that has been sampled over the years, Roy Ayers is one of the founding fathers of hip-hop. Here are some of his most influential tracks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zy2ZrIqIpc... Read more

Vado, Jadakiss and Ludacris take it back to the days when a track was hard drums and an even harder hand clap.

Here's Check 'Em Out. Click here to download.  Remember when these types of tracks used to be the standard for hip-hop? Check these out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s5DCRAAsyc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4478SMAc2qM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0mKgnC6acE... Read more

There’s a reason why Big K.R.I.T.’s music is so soulful. It’s in his musical influences. Check out this interview of K.R.I.T. and see below for a sampler of some of the soul singers who influenced him.

Here's the interview: http://vimeo.com/22188472 And here's the soul: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9VRS2aTaKQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9tJc27IWKw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtzRJgZG98I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44HmbcWwyGM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bmPsGQsJMg&feature=player_embedded... Read more

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another installment of #PhilAdeFridays.

This week he slows it down and flows over a soulful Marsha Ambrosius track.  Check out Your Hands. Click here to download. Here's the Marsha track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxbYxX-ykbM... Read more

Devin the Dude always keeps it 100% funky. With a Herbie Hancock-inspired track and a hook that would make Anthony Hamilton proud, Got Bills To Pay is no exception.

Check it out. Click here to download. The singer on the hook brings some of that Anthony Hamilton gravely soul music and the track sounds like it was inspired by a faster version of this (starting at 41 seconds in): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo5GcYeh7XA And, here's some of that Anthony Hamilton goodness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4LVf9qdFYA... Read more

This new Beastie Boys joint sounds like it would have been right at home on Paul’s Boutique.

Check out Make Some Noise. Click here to download. And here's a gem from Paul's Boutique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEVfHmjKOrM... Read more

Planet Asia puts it DOWN on a classic Grover Washington, Jr. track.

Check out the video for Black Frost. This is the 2nd high quality drop from Planet Asia in the last few weeks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_wxB_pPA9c&feature=player_embedded Here's the original Black Frost: Grover Washington, Jr.'s music has been sampled in hip-hop for decades. Here's Mr. Magic, another classic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBCteWVR6kw As sampled by Salt-N-Pepa:... Read more

There is no one group or rapper who took the torch from the likes of Public Enemy and Ice Cube. But, there have been many who have embodied the spirits of those artists in a verse, a song or even a few albums. Self Scientific, Krondon and Freddie Gibbs are the latest to carry the baton in the video for Peaceful. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tquQ2Plrdk4&feature=player_embedded And if you forgot how Public Enemy and Ice Cube used to bring the ruckus, here are a couple of reminders. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM5_6js19eM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeFHMVWaYsc... Read more

Shad kinda sounds like a cross between Murs and Asher Roth on Give You All I Can.

This one is for the backpackers.  Check it out. Click here to download.   Check the Asher Roth x Murs comparison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApHeVGUpNaY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj4gWHzdPF4... Read more

Here’s another Statik Selektah-produced heat rock. This one is by Action Bronson and is called Cliff Notes.

Both the production and Action Bronson's flow would make you swear this came from the late 90's. You can hear elements of Primo in the production and M.O.P. in the verses. Dopeness. Click here to download.  Speaking of M.O.P., check out this gem from back in the day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hReK_7ARH0... Read more

Wow. Zion I & The Grouch chopped up a classic Earth, Wind & Fire track really nicely on Victorious People.

It features Freeway & The R.O.D. Project.  Check it out. Click here to download.  Here's the Earth, Wind & Fire original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTQJ2QiK4QU... Read more

Skewby drops some knowledge on his new song Don’t Understand. Dude comes with substantive lyrics but keeps it entertaining…

...the beat is cool too. Support good music. Thematically, the first verse kinda reminds me of this gem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0WMSovOboY... Read more

The Jets appreciate soulful tracks. It’s evident from the beats selected by Curren$y, Trademark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy.

Pilots, the newest record from Trademark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy, is no exception. Props to 2DopeBoyz for putting this project together. Check it out. Click here to download.  Not convinced about the soulful selections?  Check these out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x8MGapyqhc&feature=player_embedded#at=24 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS1m_Pa_0vA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9EuIRsXoL8&feature=player_embedded#at=33... Read more

Keeping it on the West Coast tip, here’s some new E-40 ft Bun B and Slim Thug.

3 legends holding it down on a funky beat. This is some OG ish.  Check out That Candy Paint. Click here to download and click here to buy the album. It's cool to hear Bun B on a verse and on the hook as a sample. Here's where E-40 got... Read more

Here’s a cool interview where Pharoahe Monch reflects on working with Nate Dogg to create the classic Oh No.

This was one of the few East Coast joints that Nate Dogg blessed. Sucker Free Here's Oh No: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYrmop7g2cU... Read more

How dope is stic.man from Dead Prez?? Dude did a song and video about putting in work…in the gym and with his diet game!

Who does that??  Him.  That's who.  This is my ANTHEM after 5 days in Austin. Check out Back On My Regimen. http://vimeo.com/21287201 Yeah. It's still bigger than hip-hop for him and Dead Prez. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edzyY5NtAJA... Read more

Got lyrics? Jay Electronica does. His verses + Kanye’s beats = Blue Magic.

Devil in a Blue Dress that is...Check out the video for Prelude to a Freestyle: http://vimeo.com/21091889 J. Cole spit on this beat too.  LOTS of fire on this track.  Check out J. Cole's version and Kanye's original Devil in a New Dress below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7E0Hy6JK00 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rULPq7XEjY... Read more

Hollyweerd’s Yellow Pages has a mid-90’s feel to it. Imagine a Southern Souls of Mischief spitting on a Pete Rock track…

Check out the video... http://vimeo.com/21012902 ...and the Pete Rock and Souls of Mischief comparisons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiTy71nSkKw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONpxDfhMjjk... Read more

Two underground legends, Defari and Madlib, connect on Puro. Check out the video.

The Likwit Crew never got the props they deserved.  King Tee, Tha Alkaholiks and Xzibit were sikwidit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRtouB7ZiQs&feature=player_embedded Here's some of that Likwit goodness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL-idMUSekU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2clm68lcsQQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H91kWpUNiwU... Read more

You can clearly hear the influence of Outkast in A.Dd’s music…but that’s a GREAT thing.

Check out their song Greedy. Click here to download.  Speaking of Outkast, here's a dope track from back in the day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HarAKzpFSHE... Read more

New EPMD??? Yeah, that’s right…and it’s to the beat of The Breaks.

Check out Don't Get Clapped. Click here to download.  And here's Kurtis Blow's The Breaks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KMrPDiw8PQ... Read more

Trademark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy go in on a classic Oukast beat on their song Figure 8.

Outkast's Hollywood Divorce ft Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg was slept on a bit because it was on the Idlewild soundtrack.  It was a monster though.  The Jets do it justice.  Check both versions out below. Click here to download. Here's Hollywood Divorce: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNoLHZauCZs... Read more

Rapper Big Pooh got his shine earlier. Now it’s 9th Wonder and Phonte’s turn.

Check out Lil B's Base For Your Face ft Jean Grae and Phonte (RHYMING) and produced by 9th Wonder. Throw in an old Public Enemy sample and it = Fire. Click here to download. Wanna here that PE original? HERE IT IS...BAM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyR09SP9qdA And, if you missed Rapper Big Pooh's... Read more

Newcomers A.Dd+’s song Slow Tempo is pretty ill. It’s got a jazzy, Freestyle Fellowship feel to it.

The flow and tempo of the track change up throughout to keep it interesting but it stays on point. Click here to download.  Here's some of that Freestyle Fellowship for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6zH6uMyU9c... Read more

The Kid Daytona shows some love to the West Coast by spitting on one of Dr. Dre’s classic Chronic beats.

And he brought Freddie Gibbs to keep it Gangsta.  Check out the video for Bang! Here's that Chronic intro track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uZxhtavYyw... Read more

Planet Asia has been putting in work for more than a decade but dude has never gotten his deserved props.

He, Zion I and Rascoe have always repped hard for the Cali underground. He's back with another banger--the soulful Boiler Makers. Respect. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWYfsCt6nic&feature=player_embedded Planet Asia was also featured on one of my favorite joints of 2000, Critical. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l3EHv6r38k... Read more

Phil Ade was a big oversight on the 2011 XXL Freshman list. Check out his video for Break Me Off.

This is the latest installment of #philadefriday.  The track is a monster too. It chops up N.E.R.D.'s Love Bomb quite nicely.  Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BOKgUBr6Ik&feature=player_embedded#at=169 Here's N.E.R.D.'s Love Bomb. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XshKOJHr1yE... Read more

Didn’t mean to leave Dom Kennedy off that list of new West Coast G’s…

Check out this behind the scenes video of him at the Key Club in LA.  It's worth it just for the James Brown soundtrack accompanying it. http://vimeo.com/20543445 Speaking of the Godfather of Soul, here are some more classics of his that have shaped the sound of hip-hop. At 55 seconds:... Read more

Trademark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy riff on Erykah Badu’s Window Seat track with Pilot Seats.

It's a good look, especially if you like Ms. Badu's version. Curren$y's JETS crew is starting to come up. Click here to download.  The original and remix versions of Window Seat were 2 of the doper videos from last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hVp47f5YZg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmIOSRmplsc... Read more