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Rick Ross' 9 Piece ft T.I. sounds like the third part of a trilogy that started with MC Hammer and B.M.F. What do you think?

Click here to download.  Here are parts 1 and 2 of the "trilogy": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdNLClvoqro http://www.vimeo.com/13285609.... Read more

Has the color barrier been broken yet in hip-hop?

It's not a secret that hip-hop was born from black culture and, to date, has been comprised primarily of black performers.  As a result, there have been few rappers of other colors who have gained mainstream acceptance, and they generally have come one at a time (The Beastie Boys, 3rd... Read more

Jae Millz has been killing the clubs with Green Gobblin ft Chris Brown (spitting no less). Check out the video.

What would 2010 be without Young Money?  The Chris Brown comeback is complete... http://www.vimeo.com/17871774.... Read more

Diddy's Ass on the Floor is one of the doper songs on Dirty Money's Last Train to Paris album. Check out the video.

This song continues the "dancefication" of hip-hop, but it works.  Check out NahRight's take on the video and the trials of blogging here. http://www.vimeo.com/17795826.... Read more

Rapsody keeps it 100% real with Honda Accord Music ft Skyzoo and Thee Tom Hardy. She can't afford Maybachs (or Aston Martins) but the music is dope.

She and her crew bless a 9th Wonder track.  This one is for the underground. http://www.vimeo.com/17715023.... Read more

Here's some new music from Uncle Snoop Dogg ft Hustle Boys, who sound like the 2010 version of Tha Dogg Pound. The video is called For the Good Times. [fbshare]

This one looks like it was funded by Landy cognac but the music is cool, so it's all good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dAfOTb-Abg&feature=player_embedded Check the comparison to Tha Dogg Pound: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pvR48FvXy4 The West Side is making a long-awaited comeback..... Read more

The good Dr. Dre dropped Kush after an 11-year absence and it was like he was never gone (in the best possible way). Now here's the video.

Snoop also hasn't sounded this dope in years.  What is it about Dre beats that brings out the best in him? .... Read more

There's a reason Jay-Z (the G.O.A.T.) signed Jay Electronica. He's incredible. Check out Jay E's tribute to the mighty GURU. The song is called Jazzmatazz but the sample is The Beatle's Yesterday.

The intro is crazy long but it's worth the wait: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3m1BZYfQ3o Click here to download.  Here's the classic Beatles track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwS_YDzxH3M  .... Read more

Moment 4 Life is probably the dopest song on Nicki Minaj's album. Check out her performance of it on George Lopez's show.

George Lopez is actually starting to rival Jimmy Fallon for dope hip-hop performances. Nicki did this solo, but the original with Drake is even (just a little bit) hotter.  Pink Friday is a solid album.  Here's the version with Drake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAnr9afMn5Q.... Read more

B.o.B. is back with a new video and mixtape. No more pop ish. He's strictly spittin'. Check out The Watchers (video) and No Genre (mixtape).

Click here to listen to and download the mixtape No Genre.  It's aptly-titled...The tracklist is below: 01. Beast Mode (Prod. by Infinity) 02. So So (Prod. by Jim Jonsin) 03. How U Do That (Prod. by Kutta) 04. Feet Don’t Fail Me Now (feat. T.I.) (Prod. by Kutta) 05. Higher... Read more

Blu continues to rep hard for the underground. Check out this performance of a new song called EaseYourMind.

Here's another Blu song (with Exile) called In Remembrance from one of my favorite albums of 2007 called Below the Heavens. Both the lyrics and the track are on point. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIhY62SRWXY.... Read more

I slept on Show Tufli a bit, but better late than never…Check out the video for 1st Class Ticket.

Show Tufli has an interesting story.  When he was 17 he had a stroke and was paralyzed for 40 days.  He overcame that and is now trying to conquer the rap game.  The song he spit over this chopped up sample of Erykah Badu's Window Seat is a nice start.:... Read more

It's a shame Big Boi's album didn't get the type of attention it deserved. It was up to Outkast standards. Check out the video for The Train, Pt. 2.

Sir Lucious Left Foot...The Son of Chico Dusty is in stores now.  And here's how Big Boi gets down live (Follow Us ft Vonnegutt):  .... Read more

Even Yelawolf wants to keep it old school right now. Check out his verses over the tracks for So Fresh, So Clean and Shook Ones.

[vodpod id=ExternalVideo.978750&w=425&h=350&fv=fake%3D1] Here are the originals (2 of the best duos of all time): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwD4gA7F_qk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP0wsET8__Y  .... Read more

Cee Lo Green's singing is dope no doubt but remember when he used to be a rapper? Here's a reminder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuWB9Nhoypw And here's his latest (singing) video for his song called It's OK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGe3GFWEO2I&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

The Bullits are not hip-hop…but Jay Electronica is…and he kicks a verse on their track called Close Your Eyes. Check out the video.

Another cool thing about The Bullits?  Lucy Liu (from Charlie's Angels) is one of the members of the group and is on the vocals.  You can learn (a tiny bit) more about them here. .... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. is like the J. Cole of the South. He's a dope up and coming lyricist who actually has something to say. If you're not up on him, remember his name. Check out the video for Can't Be All.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z83PpWGeARo&feature=player_embedded#! If you haven't heard his mixtape, it's one of the best of the year.  You can find it here..... Read more

Before his recent troubles T.I. did one of his best interviews ever for BET in their Food For Thought series right before things went down (again). If you want to hear something deeper from him than what's been in the tabloids, check this out. It might actually leave you with a different impression of Tip.

This is part of BET's ongoing series which has also featured Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Ice Cube in the past.  It features 3 different conversations between T.I. and Angie Martinez, Harry Allen and Stephen A. Smith that are cut together to flow like one conversation.  In case you missed it,... Read more

Here's another hot one from 1982 (Statik Selektah and Termanology) ft Ghetto and Ea$y Money. This one's called Shut it Down (Virgin MegaStore Boys) ft Ghetto and Ea$y Money.

Statik Selektah's track features a nice flip of one of Chante Moore's quiet storm classics as one of the samples.  For more on 1982, including a free EP, click here. And, here's the Chante Moore (and Keith Washington) song that was chopped (and sped) up quite nicely. .... Read more

Ever heard of Money Making Jam Boys? No? They are Black Thought's "new" side project, but keep it on the low… Check out their video for Judgment Day.

Money Making Jam Boys are Black Thought, Dice Raw, Truck North, P.O.R.N. and Philly.  Click here for a very comprehensive breakdown of the genesis and evolution of the group from Brooklyn Bodega. http://www.vimeo.com/17327712.... Read more

KiD CuDi seems a lot happier when he's perfoming. Maybe Mr. Rager is just for the studio. Check out his performance of REVOFEV on the Conan O'Brien Show.

It's pretty dope that he's wearing a Prince shirt too. Speaking of Prince, in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, ?uestlove lists his top 10 favorite Prince songs of all time.  One of them is this extended version of Little Red Corvette that is super ill: .... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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