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NameTag – The Rhyme Royal Mixtape.

Another day, another mixtape. I first heard Detroit’s own NameTag on the Fat Ray & Black Milk joint The Lookout (via Sit Down Stand Up). All around dope song with NameTag holding it down lyrically and Black Milk coming with a crazy beat, but I never gave NameTag a second..

Rashid Hadee – A Change Gon’ Come.

Dude caught my attention when Sit Down Stand Up posted his Pete Rock-produced Oxygen, which as my friend Grant points out, sounds a lot like Hip-Hopcrisy off PeteStrumentals. Conveniently enough, he dropped a new mixtape last week. Hosted by Rapper Big Pooh of Little Brother and mixed by Cosm Roks,..

Detox Reference Track "It’s Like That" Leaked.

“Shut the fuck up. Detox?” That was my reaction when I read that a track off the long-delayed, mythical Detox album had been leaked. More accurately, it’s a reference track, so it doesn’t even have Dr. Dre’s vocals on it yet. Rather, the vocals are from an artist named Prophet..

Curren$y – Welcome to the Winner’s Circle.

Gotta love the lousy photoshop. Is that the new Audi that doesn’t cast a shadow? A new mixtape from New Orleans’ own Curren$y. His chill vibe and smooth voice are the perfect antithesis to your angry east coast rappers and his beat selection is always on point. I was worried..

Trailer for Ol’ Dirty Bastard Documentary.

Entitled ODB Ason Unique, this movie looks like it could be good. These rap documentaries often slip due to lousy production values or an excess of bullshit, but hopefully this one will have an appropriate mix of Wu mysticism and discussion of the man’s music. Either way, I’m more interested..

Live Nation and Jay-Z close deal.

Jay-Z has closed a deal with Live Nation that will see the formation of Roc Nation, a joint venture between Live Nation and Hov. It’s a $150 million deal (baby on the way, mad bills to pay?) that includes Jay-Z’s touring and recordings for the next ten years. One of..

Easy Mo Bee Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane.

The legendary Brooklyn producer Easy Mo Bee, whose production credits most notably include a series of classics with The Notorious B.I.G. and the rest of the old Bad Boy Records camp, gives a great interview where he touches on moments from his long and storied career and talks about rap..

Curtis Mayfield Disses Soulja Boy.

I was listening to some Curtis Mayfield over a lonely dinner (that’s right ladies, I’m a big, sad teddy bear) and I heard a line that I had to go back and listen to again. On the title song of his 1973 album Back to the World, Curtis (not that..

2Pac and Biggie Rock Coney Island.

Last week, I went to Coney Island which will soon be redesigned and cease to exist as we know it. We ate at Nathan’s and rode the Cyclone. On our way to the Ferris Wheel, my friend exclaimed, “Look it’s 2Pac and Biggie!” I turned expecting to see a fat..