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Skyzoo’s New Album May Be The Crown Jewel In His Catalog (Audio)

Brooklyn, New York veteran Skyzoo has self-released In Celebration Of Us. With "Baker's Dozen" (an homage to D'Angelo's "Devil's Pie") making great headway, "Crown Holder" is the perfect follow-up punch. Like the Apollo Brown-produced first single, this track is laced by a past full-LP collaborator. This time it is !llmind (who... Read more

Skyzoo & !llmind Make Boom Bap With Finesse (Audio)

Skyzoo & !llmind have made some very significant music together. The New York/New Jersey connect made 2010's Live From The Tapedeck collaboration, with a number of works on albums before, and after. Skyzoo’s New Video Plays Out A Childhood Dream Of Performing On Stretch & Bobbito’s Show "Finesse Everything" is... Read more

Joell Ortiz Says Most Rap Millionaires Are “Scared Silly” Of His Rich Bars (Audio)

In the eyes of some, Kendrick Lamar's #1 status and fast-track to platinum with DAMN. suggests that lyricism, clever songwriting, and album-making is winning. Clearly, for one Compton, California creative master, it is. However, it took Kendrick some years and quite a few apparent setbacks to get that spot. At... Read more

Frank Ocean’s Blond(e) Gets Bleached To Its Roots By !llmind (Audio)

It's safe to say that with the release of Blond(e), Frank Ocean has delivered one of the year's most sought-after musical content of 2016. His inclusion of Andre 3000 only added to the fervor, with music fans justifiably clamoring over any new material from the Outkast MC who has never... Read more

Joell Ortiz & !llmind Talk Big But Back It Up…Again (Audio)

It's been just over a year since Joell Ortiz and !llmind released their Human project, a musical partnership that proved to be a highly acclaimed collaboration. After working on Ortiz' 2014 solo LP House Slippers, !llmind continues to provide some exceptionally complementary work for the Slaughterhouse rapper, and a new... Read more

Joell Ortiz & !llmind Take Lil Piggies to the Slaughterhouse (Video)

Having just released their collaborative album Human, Joell Ortiz and !llmind have been getting Heads familiar with their sound, one that is different than fans may be used to. The first single, "Lil' Piggies," is a dark track reminiscent of something one might hear in a horror film about a... Read more

Joell Ortiz, Chris Rivers, Bodega Bamz & Emilio Rojas Rep Their Cultural Pride on Latino Pt. 2 (Video)

Joell Ortiz revisits "Latino," the cultural pride anthem from his 2007 debut album, The Brick: Bodega Chronicles. On the updated 2015 version, he brings in fellow MCs Chris Rivers, Bodega Bamz and Emilio Rojas on an !LLmind production. The video for "Latinos Pt. 2" uses the New York City Puerto... Read more

G-Eazy Shows He’s a Triple Threat with the Release of 3 New Tracks (Audio)

26-year-old Oakland native G-Eazy is steadily winning over Heads with his extemporaneous wit in freestyles, his rapid-fire barbs on the A$AP Ferg & Danny Seth-assisted "Lotta That," and his collaborations with unexpected but perfectly tailored artists. With the release of These Things Happen in June of 2014, the MC and... Read more

Joell Ortiz & !llmind Unveil The New Sound They’ve Been Creating In The Lab (Audio)

New Jersey native !llmind was a critical part of Joell Ortiz' 2014 album, House Slippers. Moving into 2015, the producer for Kanye West, Scarface, and Sean Price takes on Ortiz' whole project, for an equal billing. "Lil' Piggies" is the first glimpse from the July 17 project, Human. !llmind lays... Read more

Ludacris Deploys A Slow Flow To Talk About The Smoke & Mirrors Of The Rap Game (Audio)

Ludacris' ninth solo LP, Ludaversal (March 31) is one week away. Within the album, the Rap mainstay has one song that reflects on his journey, and the stresses that come with a sustainable career in the industry. Listening to a superstar whine might not be appealing or original in theory,... Read more

G-Unit Still Makes Ski Mask Music. Press Play and Duck (Audio)

Next Tuesday (March 3), G-Unit will release their second EP in as many years. The Beast Is G-Unit is a six-track short player from the quintet. "Boy Boy" is one of the center pieces from the work, boasting a song produced by Seattle, Washington's Jake One (De La Soul, Freeway,... Read more

Rah Digga Might Be Having Her Best Year Ever, Catch This !llmind Produced Cut (Audio)

Rah Digga's "Thinkin' Out Loud" is some high-grade, uncut stream of consciousness emceeing. As she's done in just about every month in 2014, Digga metaphorically spikes the ball with the mic in her hand. This track covers the lackluster music in the marketplace, police attacking civilians, and more, all while... Read more

!llmind Brings Bob James’ Into The Modern Era With This Tribute Remix (Audio)

New Jersey professor/educator !llmind has been knocking around the music industry for over a decade. In addition to full-length work with Skyzoo, 'Mind has credits with G.O.O.D Music's Cruel Summer release, Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2, and joints with Boot Camp Clik, Redman, and Pharoahe Monch. After letting The Roots'... Read more

Did Mobb Deep Get Infamous By Design On Say Something? (Audio)

Mobb Deep has a challenge ahead of them. Prodigy and Havoc are releasing (April 1st's The Infamous Mobb Deep) some never before heard 1994 and 1995 recordings, of The Infamous era. Arguably Mobb's best stride as far as influencing other acts and connecting with a New York Hip-Hop renaissance worldwide,... Read more