Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Video: Shabaam Sahdeeq feat. Mic Handz - Off The Leash

Produced by Alterbeats from "Relentless Pt. 2" available on iTunes & all digital retailers!

Audio: Rugged Monk & Reverend William Burk - 5 Stages Of Consciousness [Killarmy Remix]

Video: Tiye Phoenix - Skybound

"SKYBOUND" the feel-good uplifting first video single from
Tiye Phoenix's EP "Transit II Illumination", Spring 2012

Video: TruthSeekah - Kymatica

New album dropping 4/20/12 from TruthSeekahentitled "Awaken The Fire" with features from
Rasul Allah, Atma, Cosmic Crusader, Lo Key, Sick Since, Tehuti Mos formerly Richard Raw, Apakalypse, Illuminati Congo, Deceyepher, Trust One, Watchman, King James,Yediah Ben Yah, Neme, B-Sanders & SA-115

EP: Baby Jayne - Eye Rollers (2012) (Free Download)


01. Shut Up and Rap
02. Shake Another Screw Loose
03. All Swag, No Content
04. I'm About
05. Van Gogh Like a Motherfucker

FREE Download @Bandcamp

Video: Son Of Saturn - Emanations

Produced by June Marx of Twin Perils

Video: Jewelz Infinite - Cosmic Visionaries

New Album - KATHARSIS - Coming Soon

Video: Koobilaï feat Taïk'n - Skunk & Tequila

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LP: Ghost Town Syndicate – Hell Harbour (2012) (Free Download)


1. Tic Tac Toe
2. Circle Of Flies (feat. DJ TMB)
3. Lunatic High
4. Pretaining To Death
5. Fullsight
6. Barometer
7. Kingdom Of The Ghost
8. Loque
9. Players Ball (feat. DJ TMB)
10. Earthbound (feat. Doap Nixon)
11. Whip Wenches (Como)
12. Mary

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LP: Primal - Nature Of The Beast (2012) (Free Download)


1. This Is (prod. Al’ Tarba)
2. Red Zone (feat. Morse Code) (prod. Al’ Tarba)
3. Power Moves (prod. C-Lance)
4. Interlude: Trophies Of Man (prod. Metropolis Votary)
5. Ape Shit (feat. Sars) (prod. Al’ Tarba)
6. First Blood (feat. Weapon X & Morse Code) (prod. Al’ Tarba)
7. Nature Of The Beast (feat. Adrianna Pagno) (prod. Oskar Mike)
8. Stop Drop And Roll (feat. Ruste Juxx & Sars) (prod. Ill-Fated)
9. Xfire (prod. Oskar Mike)
10. October 14th 2066 (prod. Oskar Mike)
11. Evil Sons (feat. Sars, Morse Code & Weapon X) (prod. C-Lance) (Cuts by TMB)
12. Missing In Action (feat. Morse Code & Weapon X) (prod. Al’ Tarba)
13. Party Animals (feat. Block McCloud & Sars) (prod. C-Lance)
14. Land Of The Dead (prod. Jay da Fathom)
15. Yesterday (prod. Engineer)
16. Put Em Up (feat. Weapon X) (prod. Al’ Tarba)

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Video: Satellite 12 - Nothing But The Real ft. Diamond D

Track off of the album "The Wish List"Producer by Satellite 12 (Mega Demus & R.M.S).
Scratches by DJ Jay-Ski

Mixtape: Bloody Monk Consortium - Dim Mak Mixtape (2012)

New Bloody Monk Consortium mixtape out now!!!


1.Bloody Monk Consortium - Dim Mak Intro 03:19
2.Bloody Monk Consortium - Die Elects 02:32
3.Bloody Monk Consortium - Meridian 02:21
4.Bloody Monk Consortium - Def Touch 03:08
5.Bloody Monk Consortium - BMCWare 02:33
6.Leeroy Destroy - Snow Freestyle 03:04
7.Labal-S - Blaap 01:35
8.Bloody Monk Consortium - Season of Feasting 02:57
9.Bloody Monk Consortium - Burner Aftermath 03:45
10.Bloody Monk Consortium - Spraying Trains 02:58
11.Labal-S - C4 03:35
12.Bloody Monk Consortium feat. I am Many - Stains of Horror 05:05
13.Bloody Monk Consortium - Cuthroats 03:22
14.Bloody Monk Consortium - Ruger 01:58
15.Bloody Monk Consortium feat. FuckRICO - DemoMiksu1 04:27
16.Bloody Monk Consortium feat. Jak Progresso & Coal - The Holocaust 06:53
17.Dr. Murder Verses feat. Leeroy Destroy - TMZ 05:02
18.Leeroy Destroy - My life 01:30
19.Bloody Monk Consortium - Death Merchants 02:36
20.Bloody Monk Consortium - Rampage 02:39
21.Labal-S feat. I am Many - Bloody Murda 02:20
22.Bloody Monk Consortium - Knights 02:45


Single : Black Pope feat Persoonlijk (PSL) - Blood Dot

Here we are again the another track from Black Pope and Persoonlijik (PSL) production and cuts from the french wizard Ganjak. Black Pope hails from Runcorn an idustrial town between Manchester and Liverpool. He popped up over night after layin solid foundations with heavy hitters in the game throughout the world. Persoonlijk, PSL some people say hes the hardest workin man in underground hiphop, id have to agree! a resident of Rotterdam 010 and its infamous docks, representing EastGarden Music. Ganjak hailin from the south of France another genius out to rock the foundations of the underground.

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Video: Ras Kass - Thoughts on Planet Asia's "Black Belt Theatre"

Ras Kass shares his views on Planet Asia, how they met and his thoughts on Asia's latest solo release "Black Belt Theatre" available in stores and online now. Courtesy of Gold Chain Music / Wandering Worx / Daddy Real & Green Streets. Footage shot & edited by Beneath The Surface / Gold Chain Music.

Video: Trace Blam & Soulchef - Success

From the EP "Bottles" available for free download.

Video: M-Phazes – Another Classic (Making The Beat Tutorial)

Watch M-Phazes take you through a step by step production tutorial of his remix for “Another Classic”, featuring Burke, Torae, Side Effect & DJ Waxwork, as featured on his remix producer compilation, Phazed Out. M-Phazes breaks down how he put this track together from the sample, drums, filters and more and gives invaluable insight into his production methodology. This is a must see for any beat making aficionado.

Single: Ras Kass x Doc Hollywood – I Wave

Ras Kass & Doc Hollywood leak another track off thier upcoming Spit No Evil project (April 3rd), titled “I Wave”.

Video: Fliptrix - Mind Travelling

Brand new video for 'Mind Travelling'. Track produced by 184. This is the first single to be released from Fliptrix's new album 'Third Eye Of The Storm' set for release on High Focus Records in April 2012 on CD, Digital & Limited Edition double gatefold vinyl. The Mind travelling E.P contains two other tracks 'Land Of The Lost' & 'Earth's Axis' which are exclusive to the E.P.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Single: Kyo Itachi & Ruste Juxx feat F.T.- Termin8

Third single from the new album "Hardbodie Hip Hop" of Indestructible Ruste Juxx & Ninja Shinigami Kyo Itachi. Produced by Kyo Itachi, cuts by L.D.

Promo: Psych Ward - Street Slime

Psych Ward - "Street Slime".Coming February 29th, 2012
All hard copies of the album can be purchased
All Digital sales will be available on iTunes Feb. 29th.

Video: Infinito 2017 - Its Not Truth

Track off of "Conquest of The More: Vol 1. Entrar en Espana". Produced by Diox. In this album Infinito 2017 also known as Marcellous Lovelace telling the truth in an inverted reality known the land of the clones. Free your mind from oppression and allow your soul to exist.

Video: Madchild - Wanted

The official music video for "Wanted" from Madchild's "The Little Monster EP", in stores now. "Wanted" was shot during the Swollen Members / La Coka Nostra 2012 Canadian Tour.

Video: Awol One - Entertainment is Personal

Man Bites Dog Records are proud to present the first single off the upcoming record "The Swashbuckler". This song is featuring Awol One & is produced by Brycon. Video Directed by Brainheartco. Check out &"The Swashbuckler" will be released on March 27th 2012 & features Royce 5’9,Roc Marciano, Heltah Skeltah, Copywrite, Vast Aire, Planet Asia, Outerspace, Inspectah Deck,U God, Cappadonna, Killah Priest,Diabolic,C Rayz Walz,Louis Logik,and more.

Video: Cappadonna - A-Alike B-Alike C-Alike

New video for Cappadonna’s “A-Alike B-Alike C-Alike”, off The Pilgrimage.
Directed by Myster DL for ILL Mannered Films.

LP: Iguan and High Chief - Klassics (2012)(Free Download)


01. Intro (Cuts By Dj Twisted)
02. Les démons ne m’auront pas (Feat Maxi K)
03. Le mal par le mal (Cuts by Dj Twisted)
04. Worldwide event (Feat Dr Creep – Whichcraft – Deepol & Cuts by Dj Twisted)
05. Le feu du dragon (Feat Scarab – Soldat Ottoman – Teumaxon)
06. C’est un classik (Feat Papi Fredo & Cuts by Dj Twisted)
07. Armed monks (Feat Labal S – Mighty Kalipssus & Cuts by Dj Twisted)
08. On apprend tous de nos erreurs
09. Jazz (Feat Nesh – Maxi K & Cuts by Dj Twisted)
10. Père d’un fils
11. Invisible (Cuts by Dj Twisted)
12. Rien ne va (Feat Inphame)
13. Pure jewelz (Feat Pruven & Cuts by Dj Twisted)
14. Smoke that shark (Feat Katha – Fubar & Cuts by Dj Twisted)
15. Hallus (Feat Taïko – Koobilaï)
16. Cadavéreux (Feat Perfect K – Katha – Filomat)
17. Une vie plate et une mort lente (Feat Lacro)
18. Las bestias cazan (Feat The Jotaka)
19. Pulsions (Guitar by Kachin)
20. Tristement méconnu (Feat Soldat Ottoman – Teumaxon)
21. Outro (Cuts by Dj Twisted)

LP: Neak - Love Greater // The Prequel

Windy City emcee Neak has come together with The DJBooth, Earmilk and Prefix Mag to bring fans his latest street album, Love Greater // The Prequel.

Executive produced by Slot-A of and Rashid Hadee of Honest-Management, the project features 13 original records (and one download-only bonus track) from the Chi-town rhymesayer. Included on the tracklist is reader-approved single “Big Dreamer.”

Joining Neak on the guest tip throughout Love Greater // The Prequel are The ILLZ, MC ADAD, Rashid Hadee, NidaNasheeda, Slot-A, Sincerely Yours, Dave Bovyn (of The Numbers) and more. All production comes courtesy of Slot-A and Rashid Hadee, except God Help the Middle Class, which is co-produced by INTLMC.

Fans and supporters of Neak can directly purchase Love Greater // The Prequel via The DJBooth by clicking the button above. The download includes both a dirty and clean version of the album.


01. Momma Loves You [prod. Slot-A]
02. Bury Me a G [prod. Slot-A]
03. Love Greater [prod. Rashid Hadee]
04. It’s Your World Remix (ft. Sam Trump & Charlie Coffeen [of ‘Sidewalk Chalk’]) [prod. Slot-A]
05. Your Beautiful [prod. Slot-A]
06. Runnin’ Right Back [prod. Rashid Hadee]
07. Scheming [prod. Slot-A]
08. Watch Me Now [prod. Rashid Hadee & Slot-A]
09. Who Do You Believe In (ft. MC ADAD, Rashid Hadee, Slot-A & Sincerely Yours) [prod. Rashid Hadee]
10. God Help The Middle Class (ft. The ILLZ & Simeon Viltz) (of ‘The Primeridian’) [prod. Slot-A // Co-Produced By INTLMC]
11. Half (ft. Caroline Davis) [prod. Rashid Hadee]
12. Big Dreamer (ft. NidaNasheeda) [prod. Slot-A]
13. Slander (ft. Dave Bovyn [of ‘The Numbers’]) [prod. Rashid Hadee]
14. Ready to Go (‘Round The Way Girl’) [prod. Slot-A]*

Download-Only Bonus Track


Video: Fokis feat. Sadat X & DJ Chonz - #Justsayin

The 3rd music video off Fokis' "Vintage State Of Mind"

Video: Death Grips - Get Got

Although just signed to a major label, Death Grips are a "buzz group" in the underground right now and the new video for "Get Got" gives you a glimpse as to why. The music is being described as "experimental trip-hop" but perhaps that label is too constricting for such an expansive sound and vision. Videos like this keep 2012 exciting.

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Single: Apollo Brown & OC - Prove Me Wrong (Radio Rip)

The legendary DJ Premier decided to debut the first track of the upcoming Apollo Brown & OC album "Trophies", to be released May 1st on Mello Music Group.

Video: Reggy Lines & Ciph Barker - Nooit Meer (Free Download)

Video: Stig Of The Dump - They

Taken from a fourth coming EP.Produced by Pete Cannon.

Graffiti: Does / Love Letter Crew

More pictures HERE!

Single: Lee Bannon ft. Del The Funky Homosapien, SOL x Yu - PG&E

Sacramento's Lee Bannon recruits Del, SOL and Yu of Diamond District for the latest leak from Bannon's "Fantastic Plastic" album dropping today.

EP: Opio - Vulture’s Wisdom Vol. 2

Hieroglyphics’ own, Opio drops his 2012 solo effort entitled “Vulture’s Wisdom Vol. 2″ today. You many order your album now via Ineffable Music and chose from many packages to suit your needs as a fan. I personally ordered the T-Shirt package, and I can’t wait to get my hands on everything! I also got a chance to listen to the album and I must say, it doesn’t sound like anything you’ve ever heard from him. He’s coming with that unique production and super-heavy weast coast/bay area lyricism. And you better believe it’s a good listen! Hieroglyphics is doin’ it big this year with Opio, Pep Love, Tajai, Del, Casual, Phesto, and Hieroglyphics(as a group) releasing projects that are sure to rock your boom box. For now, be sure to cop your Opio album and enjoy the new music. Peace!

Graffiti: Art Svoboda Project

It had to be think: the graffiti out of its urban context to make it live in the wild. Here it is the mission of the organization Art Svoboda.

It is not in the street or in lost vacant that the organization Art Svoboda operates, but rather in the nature, the true one. “Svoboda” which means “liberty” in Russian takes all his sense here.

Forests, fields, lakes, rivers, mountains and vast plains are the field of creating of Russian street artists group, who do not skimp on ways to integrate their creations in the nature.

Who would have thought installing the graffiti on the water for example? Well it's done here by those artists who firstly paint their letterings and characters in a workshop on a waterproof support. The next step is to make these pieces live in a natural environment, much like the models that come alive with people.

The project took shape in different places over a year, in line with the season to give each time a new interpretation through the arts groups.

Supported by Molotow, STRG and Vivacity this project also claims to support the fact that the graffiti can live away from the hell of the cities.

A funny concept that shows us the originality of the Russian street art scene.

Here are the videos of these procedures performed last year.

Source: FatCap

LP: Robo Robb - Soulbot 2 (2011) (Free Download)

Robo-Robb released his first album in over two years, entitled SOULBOT2, with production from Robby Wildebeat, Pig Pen, and AP (who also mastered and engineered the project). Robo was able to work with some of his favorite artists and friends including Lauren Deming, Robert Weber, and mister of Detroit’s favorite new rap duo Passalacqua. As well as releasing his first major video production for the song [untitled], SOULBOT2 shot up the College Music Journal hip-hop charts to spot 14!


1.Robo Robb- 1984 02:05
2.Construction 02:57
3.Une Vie 02:24
4.Blue Skies 02:21
5.Moment 04:39
6.Untitled 03:39
7.289 04:52
8.GMS 02:08

Single: Doxside Family – Think About It

Ready for Dare Iz A Doxside Vol. 2 ? Whether you’ve braced yourself or not for the latest offering from Doxside Music Group, the crew is coming out swinging with “Think About It,” the first single from their soon-to-be-released compilation. Produced by Grey Matter’s Tempermental, the track features TzariZM, MidaZ, and Aahmean doing what they do best – embarrassing any and all who attempt to hold a candle to their skills on the mic. We can’t confirm anything at this point, but Dwight Howard has reportedly had “Think About It” in constant rotation as he debates whether or not he will stay in Orlando. The perfect song to punch someone’s teeth out/get your teeth punched out to, this track is but a single offering from what is sure to be one of the most talked-about mixes of the year. Stay tuned for more from the Doxside crew, and look out for Dare Iz A Doxside Vol. 2 on March 5, 2012.

Audio: Dept Of Rec ft. MF Doom – 12 Steps ‘Til Doom

This is a song that Dept. of Rec. did with MF Doom around 2001…It turned out to be a disaster because the studio where they recorded it had problem with their digital recorder and the song was lost forever before it could be mixed properly.Produced by Stape Mega. Peace to Drew for the look.

Single: PremRock & Willie Green ft. Has-Lo - Radio Dial (Blockhead Remix)

Yessir, this is a BANGIN' remix.. as served up by Blockhead, for dope new NYC duo, Premrock & Willie Green..Guest spot from Has-Lo on this one as well.
If you like this, then be sure to peep Prem & Willie's self titled debut LP...

A Tribe Called DEATH - Ray Liotta (Audio)

New sure shot jam from the increasingly dope K.E.V.O.R.K.I.A.N. and BOATS!
This joint is called 'Ray Liotta' and it's pretty damn fresh.
Keep your eye on these two for sure!

Hevehitta x DJ Unexpected x Ghostface Killah x DJ Premier - Duel of the Iron Fists(2012)(Mixtape)

Never the types to rest on their laurels, Hevehitta & DJ Unexpected incorporate a new idea into their already diverse catalog. Known as the Mixtaep (the last 2 letters purposely reversed), it will come to be known as a mixtape EP for free download. These will be released occasionally, with various themes accompanying the project. For the first entry, they present “Duel Of The Iron Fists”, starring Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan and DJ Premier, legendary producer and 1/2 of Gangstarr. Continuing with their already infamous “Martial Arts Mixtape” series, this one features Ghostface Killah vocals over DJ Premier beats, with various kung-fu movie samples mixed in. Keeping a firm grip on their motto, “Enjoy And Be Educated”, there are also breakbeat sections for said artists, with original samples presented which would be the foundation for their respective hits. DJ Unexpected has also provided a write-up for the project, detailing the inspirations for each track presented here. Hevehitta & DJ Unexpected would like to thank all of their supporters and the artists involved for the inspiration. Enjoy and be Educated!

DJ Format ft. Edan – Spaceship Earth (Video)

Planet Asia feat. Raekwon - No Apologies (Audio)(Free Download)

Planet Asia and Raekwon link up for this track off Asia's new album "Black Belt Theatre", in stores everwhere on Feburary 28th, 2012.


DJ Grazzhoppa - Intricate Moves 2 (2012)

The album is presented by Chess Move Cartel and the album features Creme De La Creme, Smimooz, Blastah Beatz, Praverb The Wyse, MighGawd, Odilon, Jazz T, Woody, BoulaOne, Envious Mind, JMega, Dj Grazzhoppa's Dj Bigband, Kwote1, Monique Harcum, Sen Kevlar, K-Hill, B.B.Z.Darney, Africancuts Amazulu, JabbaThaKut, Iron and Reef Ali.


1.Introduction 02:42
2.Chess Moves Daily Ft Creme De La Creme (beat prod by Smimooz) 02:12
3.Wanted (beat prod by Blastah Beats) 02:17
4.Killing It Ft Praverb The Wyse 03:28
5.Architekt Music 03:02
6.Intricate Moves Interlude (beat prod by MighGawd) 01:11
7.Foodfight Ft Odilon,Jazz T,Woody 03:40
8.Put The Needle On The Track Ft BoulaOne,Envious Mind 02:57
9.Method Of Madness Ft JMega 03:12
10.Egotrip Interlude 01:25
11.The Big Band Theory Ft Dj Grazzhoppa's Dj Bigband 03:27
12.Pyrotechnics Ft Kwote1,Monique Harcum (beat prod by Sen Kevlar) 04:54
13.Feel Good Interlude 01:03
14.DJ Grazzhoppa - Partyrocka Ft K-Hill (beat prod by B.B.Z. Darney) (free) 03:15
15.Hip Hop Fanatik Ft AfricanCuts AmaZuLu (beat prod by AfricanCuts AmaZuLu) 03:38
16.Age Of Space 02:54
17.Turntable Sorcery Ft Jabba Tha Kut,Iron (beat prod by Reef Ali) 03:03
18.Little Green Men 02:53
19.Words Of Knowledge 01:14
20.Mr Cheebahawkes Theme Revisited 02:13
21.After Laughter 01:41


Showbiz & A.G. - In Trouble (Audio)

New track from Showbiz and A.G with Primo on the cutz. Produced by Showbiz.
The new album "Mugshot Music" is coming soon.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Jakob22 - The Fang 2 (Video)

Visuals for the track off of the album "DREAMSTATE – The R.E.M Effect” available for FREE Download

Torae - For The Record [Behind The Scenes]

Go behind the scenes of Torae's new upcoming video "For the Record". Official Hip-hop here produced by DJ Premier!

Copywrite - God Save The King (2012)

Copywrite - God Save The King
Label: Man Bites Dog Records
Released: Feb 27, 2012

The last two years have seen Copywrite grow in technical and creative skill they have also seen Copywrite at his lowest. Tragedy and loss struck Copywrite first with the loss of his longtime friend and creative partner Camu Tao, then his Mother and most recently the loss of his Grandfather. It was Copywrite's full intention to completely open up his life and put out everything in his music and the result is something that is so honest and direct that comes across as shocking. In order to be able to fully develop his messages and concepts Copywrite went to his long time collaborator RJD2 who produced two tracks on the record. Copywrite would also look towards producers Illmind, Twiz the Beat Pro, DJ Rhettmatic, Surrock, Khrysis, Camu Tao and mega house producer Josh Gaberial. Copywrite would also reach out to the best working artists out today including Crooked I from Slaughter House, Dilated Peoples, Sean Price, Planet Asia, Middle Distance Runner, MF Grimm, and MHz. This album shows that Copywrite is making some of the best music out today and all genres will respect his new vision.


1. Post-Apocalyptic Request Box (produced by Jason Rose)
2. Love f/ Tage Future of MHz (produced by Bronze Nazareth)
3. Swaggot Killaz f/ Jakki Da Motamouth
4. Mouth of MHz (produced by !llmind)
5. Sorrow f/ Illogic & Don Jaga (produced by Stu Bangas)
6. Man Made f/ Rockness Monstah of Heltah Skeltah (produced by Jason Rose)
7. J.O.Y. f/ Jason Rose & Torae (produced by Jason Rose)
8. Union Rights f/ MHz (produced by Khrysis)
9. Yo! MTV Raps! (Money for Nothing)” f/ Jason Rose (produced by Jason Rose)
10. Blue Ribbon (produced by Bronze Nazareth)
11. Miracle (produced by S.G. on the Traxxx)
12. G$K (produced by Stu Bangas)
13. Workahol (produced by Stu Bangas)
14. White Democrats f/ Mac Lethal (produced by Jason Rose)
15. Golden State (Of Mind) f/ Evidence, Roc Marciano & Casual (produced by Vanderslice)
16. Synesthesia (produced by RJD2)
17. Got to Make It f/ Tage Future (produced by Stu Bangas)
18. Talk With Jesus (produced by Poetiq Beetz)

[Interview] Copywrite: God Save The Emcee

In an era where many of the underground artists from the late 90’s are no longer relevant or creating music, Copywrite has consistently utilized a strong work ethic to release music that maintains a standard for high quality. On February 28th, Copy releases his long-awaited album, God Save The King, on Man Bites Dog Records. Copy talked to Matt Wright of The Well Versed about his history in hip-hop, new album, the reformation of MHz, and the rediscovery of his faith. During the course of this interview, we encountered recorder problems, a car accident by Copy, and the subsequent passing of his grandmother a few days afterwards.

The Interview:

TWV: How was that film (Redtails), did you see it yesterday?

Copywrite: Aw, dude. I walked out, my grandma was in the hospital. I kind of had to dip out and handle that.

TWV: Is everything okay?

Copywrite: Ah, you know. Basically she is getting worse; she doesn’t feel worse but she’s definitely getting worse. It is what it is, but thanks for asking man.

TWV: Yeah, I have grandparents that are probably the same age so it’s one day at a time for them at that point.

Copywrite: You know, yep yep yep. For sure.

TWV: First of all, how did you first get into hip-hop?

Copywrite: Listening or making it?

TWV: First off listening, and then into making it.

Copywrite: You know how when you’re a kid you don’t really have your own musical taste; you just listen to what people in your family listen to and it just turns into that? I want to say in 88’ or 89’ I first heard hip-hop. I was living in Florida and would hear hip-hop on the radio. Like I would hear NWA; Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince made me a certified hip-hop fan. You can’t tell me nothing about Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. Will Smith is definitely the cat that made me a fan of rap music and made me just overwhelmed with what he was doing musically. He is a really dope emcee, yo. A lot of people overlook that because of the fact that he came out with a bunch of bubblegum songs, but if you listen to like “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and like, “My rhymes have been written, not to be bitten.” Just all the joints that he had

TWV: The whole He’s The DJ & I’m The Rapper album is very good.

Copywrite: That was it. That was the album that made me a huge fan.

TWV: From there, how did you get into wanting to emcee yourself?

Copywrite: It was a total accident. Me and Jakki have been best friends since middle school. So, we used to make skits; we’ve got really silly senses of humor and he had a boombox and we used to make freestyle commercials and stuff, so we would just record skits to make each other laugh and to make ourselves laugh. One time, somebody was just beating on the table, and we started freestyling and it just turned into us recording it, and people in the neighborhood heard it and they said that they liked it. It made us think that we were okay at rapping, and we started writing, and it just kind of took off from there.

TWV: From there, how did your start doing actual releases? Did you have local release and demos?

Copywrite: Yeah, we used to make demos for ourselves, just a few songs. Real straight-up do-it-yourself. Just making it ourselves so we could listen to it and try to show it off to people. Just make raps and see what people in the neighborhood’s response was like.

TWV: How did you hook up with your first twelve-inches which were on Fondle Em’?

Copywrite: We had a manager at the time who was sending our demos out to independent labels. Nelson sent that out, he started mailing out our demo to Fondle Em’; Bomb Records. Actually, funny, but Bomb –I don’t know if you know about that label.

TWV: Yeah, David Paul. I have all of their magazines and everything from back then.

Copywrite: They were supposed to put out RJ’s (RJD2) “Deadringer” but they just decided they didn’t want to.

TWV: Wow, that’s a new one. I’ve never heard that.

Copywrite: It’s pretty crazy. It’s pretty crazy how many people slept on RJ’s first album. Nobody really wanted to mess with me and RJ. It trips me out, a lot of people think that album’s classic, and I think Deadringer’s a pretty good album, but it almost didn’t come out all together, let alone on a label. It was just stuff coming out, and barely coming out, and nobody wanted it to come out and did just not grasp it.

TWV: When you were on Fondle Em’, you had the two twelve-inches you put out and then you ended up on the ABB compilation. How did that come about?

Copywrite: We were just trying to put out records on whatever label we could, and it just ended up he asked us if we wanted to put it out on that label and of course we said, “Yeah.”

TWV: That was probably the strongest song on the compilation (“This Year”) but it seemed like that was the last group work you released before RJD2′s stuff and your solo stuff. What happened between that compilation and you guys going solo?

Copywrite: I don’t know man. Just too much, too many people, too many ideas and just things like that. We just got sick of working as a group, I guess.

TWV: What lead to you winding up on Eastern Conference yourself?

Copywrite: Eastern Conference was interested in me doing solo work. Like, I never ever wanted to be a solo artist; I always just wanted to remain crew and put out music that way. They just expressed interest in wanting to put out a solo album with me and singles and stuff. It just worked out like that.

TWV: What ended up leading you back to Ohio and you doing your own stuff?

Copywrite: Everything was real stagnant; real flimsy man. We were so hungry and eager to put out music that we felt that, well we’re going to keep making more music and more music, so whoever wants to put it out can put it out.

TWV: More recently, you’ve been on Man Bites Dog Records; your new album and last album were on that label. What lead to that relationship?

Copywrite: They were always trying to put out records with me, and I told them early on that I’m a solo artist but I have no desire to put out any solo material. It was just already done and it just kind of worked out like that. I figured, why not? Let’s put out this single and see how this goes and see how we can get this crap out instead of sitting around with all of these old songs.

TWV: On your last album you had a lot more personal songs, things that were similar to “June” which was your first introspective song. What lead to you expressing more personal things instead of just battle raps?

Copywrite: I’ve always been a fan of songs that make people cry. I guess I was just feeling like making more songs like that. It’s very therapeutic for me to write about real life and hard times. It just, naturally, was working out like that. It was helping me get through some of the stress. I’d always see people in the audience when I was performing these songs; it helped me out in the back of my dumb head that I was helping out people with these songs the same was I used to listen to other artists that helped me out.

TWV: On your new album, you have a lot more personal things in terms of faith, and it might be a big departure for a lot of your fans and listeners. What happened between your last album and this album that lead to you preaching more about your faith?

Copywrite: It was way more heavy on my mind, and it just felt good. It felt good to talk about the Lord, and it felt good to not hide what I feel to be truth. It was way heavy on my heart to talk about the Lord, and it felt really good to talk about the living Christ before talking about anything else.

TWV: What has the reception been to how you come across?

Copywrite: It’s been a good reception. Holy mackerel! You’ve got to forgive me, I’m a little (tired). I’m kind of falling asleep while driving and doing this, Matt. So don’t trip, I’m not saying that to get off the phone. I’m just trying to get someplace so I can overdose on some coffee; on some espresso shots.

I don’t know man. I feel like it was a slow transition from talking about my personal life, and talking about things that really did happen, and get it out there. The people have been liking it. They’ve been respecting it, even if it’s not something that they respect in terms of Jesus Christ. It’s been really really dope to hear people just respect and confirm that it helped people out with my problems.

TWV: The album starts off with a bang. A big change for, probably, a lot of listeners from what they probably would expect the album to start off with. But then, there’s also mixed content on the album. You have battle raps and all types of guests, and then you have songs about your faith. How did you mix those two together?

Copywrite: Some of those songs are old, like “Man Made,” I made that for Life and Times. I never ever have a preset (idea), I just write anything. The only thing I’m ever concerned with is if I like the song, and if I feel it’s good, and if I feel it’s going to fit. But, all the reception I’ve been getting is dope and it’s been a little surprising. I feel like all the other songs I’ve been doing in my life, they’ve just been digging it. Even the conceptual songs, they’ve just been digging it. You know, I can ask for nothing more but that.

TWV: Personally, what are your favorite parts about your new album?

Copywrite: I like “Synesthesia,” and I don’t know if a lot of people would know what synesthesia is, but that’s one of my favorites. It’s making me happy that cats’ are vibing out to the songs that I like because I’m a weird, bizarre, offset person. It’s been good going out on a limb trying to make my little art, and they’ve been digging the weird stuff. That’s more encouraging than expected.

TWV: In the early-2000’s you were in the Roc The Mic emcee battle. Did anybody approach you about signing with a major label?

Copywrite: Yeah, I’ve had my ups and downs. Just Blaze wanted to sign me, and my manager at that time, which was Bee High, Jay-Z’s cousin, he was managing J-Dilla. He manages Memphis Bleek and certain, random people, but he was trying to sign me but I wasn’t trying to sign because managers are pretty much a joke unless you have… I don’t know man, there were a lot of people coming at me at that period of my life because they thought I was going to be the new white boy; the new white boy rapper.

There were other labels also that were trying to get me signed but I couldn’t do it. Through the course of my career, if you want to call what I do a career, there’s a lot of people that almost tried to sign and they all fell through. I praise God for that, I’m really happy. You know, getting a major deal can suck. You know, it’s not dope. Even if you want to be rich, it’s not dope; it’s not good for anything.

All the times that the majors came knocking, it was flattering but I didn’t want to roll with it.

TWV: I’ve heard recently that you’re back doing things with the MHz Crew, and you guys are back as a unit and are going to be releasing an album. Is that correct?

Copywrite: Yeah, we never broke up, we just kind of stopped working on music together. We just felt like kids that the babysitter left.

TWV: What’s the plan? Do you guys have an album that you’re going to be releasing?

Copywrite: Yeah, it’s called Megacy. Probably about seven songs or something like that, and it’s about halfway done. We don’t know where it’s going to come out on. Probably about fourteen songs (total).

Where am I going? Where am I going? Hey, hold up. Let me use my GPS for a minute. I hope I’m not going the opposite way. The worst part is I have no idea. Dude, getting lost is the worst thing in the world. I almost just killed myself again, but it’s better I talk to you than not talk, you know?

Side note, side note. I’ve been up all last night with my grandma in the hospital til about 5, 6, 7 in the morning. So people don’t think I’m on drugs, or had some wild party, or none of that crazy stuff that maybe a year ago or two years ago would have been accurate.

God Save The King drops on February 28th on Man Bites Dog Records.
Source: TheWellVersed

Grey Granite - Mighty Hungry (Video)

This song will be featured on the up and coming "Wake the Fuck Up" Mixtape.
Grey Granite @Twitter

DNA - The Inbeetween (Audio)

"Melodic flows over dark smooth beats make this duo stand out." Drac & Antahlyzah form DNA and they are releasing their sophomore album called S.E.T.I. soon. The album will be out on 02/28/2012 and will feature the Magnificent Ruffians, Kalki and more. Produced by Derock.

Drac & Antahlyzah form DNA..a Duo of Planetary Emcees Bearing Ancient Scrolls of Black Wisdom InterTwined With Lyrical Wizardry...
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Derock @MySpace

C&K Street Series #30 - Gaknew Roxwel (Video)

The C&K Street Series features Commoners and Kings performing impromptu spoken word poems on the streets of Southern California. I meet Guest poet turn emcee turn muralist GAKNEW ROXWEL, at 33 and a 3rd Paint shop, the must go place for graph artist in L.A. Gaknew has featured on Def Poetry Jam, won the national slam poetry competition in '04 as a member of the Hollywood slam team, is an accomplished muralist, released an album, Mannequin People and is set to release a new project called Sound of Silence soon. Check it as he spits verses in the rain from Neighborhood Watch, about a character Calvin Lloyd hustlin' in the streets.

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Klep T.O. - The Livest (Video)

Official video for "The Livest" off Klep's debut album "Honour Amongst Thievez".
Produced by Sludem.

Klep T.O. @Facebook

Mad Flows x Rufio - T.O.F.T (Video)

Mad Flows never fails to bring hip hop with a real edge. This time he has teamed up with one of the illest producers around right now, Rufio (Ru) who has provided an instrumental with one of the nicest basslines i have heard in a while. Check this out, it has that modern flavour but provides those screw-face vibes you got back in the day.

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Melodious Mike & Chief Megatron – Melodious X Megatron (Audio)

Maylay Sparks feat. Frust, Decko, Gero, K-Sluggah - Road Dogs (Video)

This is the second video from the TRUCKDRIVER FORTUNETELLER EP.
Filmed in Slovenia, Sweden, Slovakia, Germany by local crews.Song produced by: Urban Click
Also avalible on DECKO's new album KRONIKAR comming out 29.2.2012

Damu The Fudgemunk ft. Raw Poetic - Hole Up (Video)

On the real, Damu is startng to become one of my favorite producers. His sound is so unique and untouchable. It’s such a fine tuned sound. I don’t know what else to say, except I really like what he’s been doing. And on this track in particular, Raw Poetic absolutely tears it up! He lyrically kills it! I wouldn’t want to hear it any other way. It’s just a great song. The video takes you back to the golden era. It definitely looks like it was shot during that time. Big ups to these guys! Their project is in stores now and available on vinyl. Check it out!

Freqnik & WDRE : Ghostface Killah - The Champ (Sound Defect Remix) (Audio)

Freqnik and WDRE are back again...and this time they brought Ghostface with them!! You can never go wrong with Ghost and you can never go wrong with a Freqnik & WDRE remix/mashup/rework...or whatever it is that these two may be doing to a track...but we're always feeling it!!

Source: WGTTW

Hit Squad Reunion Show @ Best Buy Theatre NYC

The Hit Squad took over NYC this past friday night and Who's Gunna Take The Weight was in the building!! They had the whole crew from the Knuckelheads all the way up to The Hit Squad Cappo's EPMD and a special appearance from Method Man! The best part of this show wasn't one persons particular performance but the way the set the show up. They put the legendary DJ Scratch on the 1's & 2's and instead of letting each crew member come out and do a set of their hits, they went song for song pretty much. So Keith Murray would rock a joint and then Redman would bust out all of a sudden and then EPMD would come running out of was like a live Hit Squad mixtape..Here some of the highlights!

Source: HGTTW

Planet Asia - Black Belt Theatre (2012)

Release Date: February 28, 2012


01. Lost And Found
02. Grown Folks Talkin’ feat. Talib Kweli
03. Tell The Wold
04. All Mine feat. Paul Wall
05. No Apologies feat. Raekwon
06. Fuck Rappers feat. Willie The Kid & Fashawn
07. Diamond Life feat. Camp Lo
08. FurnitureRelease Date: February 28, 2012
09. Mach One
10. Daggers And Darts feat. Rogue Venom & Tristate
11. Bruce Lee feat. Rasco & Chace Infinite
12. Golden State
13. Coons feat. Killer Ben
14. The Line Of Fire feat. Krondon, Picaso & Phil The Agony
15. Big Fish
16. External Motives feat. The Jacka & Mitchy Slick
17. Classical feat. Ras Kass, Torae & Jasiri X
18. Stay Ready feat. Dengee, Mistah FAB & Nio The Gift
19. Whirlwind Patterns
20. Dogon Outro

Blak Madeen - Divine Power Culture (2012) (Free Download)

Boston crew Blak Madeen have come together with The DJBooth and Leedz Edutainment to bring listeners their latest street release, Divine Power Culture.

The project features 17 original records from Yusuf and Al-J, including reader-approved leaks “Freeze,” “Actual Facts” and “Bismillah.”

Joining Blak Madeen on the guest tip throughout Divine Power Culture are Blu, Cormega, Krumb Snatcha, Mazzi, Reef The Lost Cauze, Slaine, Stu Cat and Timbo King. Beats come courtesy of Falside, Skin Ced, Teddy Roxpin and more!


01. Divine Power Culture
02. Bismillah (ft. Krumbsnatcha)
03. Freeze
04. The Cause (Remix) (ft. Cormega)
05. Ray of Light
06. Actual Facts (ft. Slaine)
07. The Difference
08. Believe (ft. Reef the Lost Cauze)
09. Night Time
10. Let It Be (ft. Blu)
11. Act of Defiance
12. End Is Near (ft. Mazz)
13. Drop Guns (ft. Timbo King)
14. Eye to Eye
15. What’s Going On
16. The Untold (ft. Stu Cat)
17. Out of Control

Rewd Adams & The Last Skeptik - Nukey (Video)

"Nukey" is the first leak off forthcoming album "How Not To Make A Living" from Rewd Adams & The Last Skeptik. Free Download @ SoundCloud

Sabac Red - Tell-Lie-Vision (Video)
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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Song Of The Week: Ill Bill feat B-Real & Sick Jacken - Apocalypse Now

Fatcap Express [Graffiti Movie]

Fatcap Express is the first Dutch Graffiti movie ever made. The film is done by Kas, who is well known and a true veteran in the Dutch underground Hip Hop scene. And even though the film might be in Dutch, it’s translated and subtitled for all you non dutchies. Originally released in 2009, the movie can now be watched in it’s entirety on YouTube. Sit back, relax and enjoy the movie!

Blak Madeen - Freeze (Video)

Produced by Falside. 1st Video off "Divine Power Culture" avail Feb 26th.

Professor A.L.I. feat. Shabazz the Disciple - Basic Instructions (Video)

Basic Instructions feat. Shabazz the Disciple by Professor A.L.I. is the second major leak from the upcoming Emerald Manifesto LP which is slated for a 5/12/2012 release.

The song explores the intersection of three Abrahamic faiths in the personage of Jesus and from the vantage point of both history and the Holy Bible. The collaboration with the lyrically gifted, East Coast legend, Shabazz was a natural fit and the beat produced by MKlassy from Morocco.

The goal of a track like this is to explore the bridges between traditions that often seem at odds with each other when considering the history of violence from the Crusades to the modern day issues in the Middle East.

PEACE Professor A.L.I.

Poetic Death ft. Papa J and Gravse7en - Geisha Sacrifice (Video)

Continuing to push his sounds, Poetic teams up with Colorado's Papa J. and fellow Riverside resident Gravse7en to bring you "Geisha Sacrifice. In retrospect you could call it another homage piece to the "Slugde Hop" sub culture started by Cane Corso's front man Vice Versa aka The Blunted Sultan.

Black Pope ft Cerebros & J-Spine - Hardcore 4 Life (Video)

Hardcore for Life is the first video from Black Popes first release Ganjak Presents Black Pope E.P. This track features Cerebros of EastGarden Music and J-Spine all residents of 010 Rotterdam docks. The Mind Travellers EP is the first official release from Cerebros.
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Saturday, 25 February 2012

CL9 - 98 Freestyle (R.I.P Big L)(Video)

The 2nd released track off CL9's #TheUnderDog, drops on 4/20/12.

Sol Zalez & Tone Liv - Only Dead Fish Go With The Flow (Audio)

Produced by Mello Mel