Hip-Hop, Rap | Wara from the NBHD – Slangin [Video]

Posted by on November 23, 2014

In the day-and-age where OT Da Genesis and Stitches are transformed in to stars for their cocaine selling and usage, it’s refreshing to see at least a little sanity in music (and humans).

“You think I like crack, you think I like shootin’ n*ggas?”

A rhetorical question posed by Wara from the NBHD in his new video “Slangin” makes you wonder why we as a society have suddenly transformed selling drugs in to such a novelty. The Brooklyn-born emcee quickly snaps listeners back to reality, reminding us that this lifestyle is not one that many choose, but are rather forced in to out of necessity.

The video, shot by , takes you through a day in the life of a few kids trapped in this harsh reality.

If you have not listened to the rest of Wara’s most recent project, Kidnapped, check it out below.

Hip-Hop, Rap | NicX – The Sun (ft. 6lack)

Posted by on November 22, 2014

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After catching my eye with the dark and aggressive “Merk”, NicX popped back on to my radar with a far more upbeat track alongside frequent collaborator, 6lack. The rapping tag team bring a vintage feel –heavily thanks to producer, Identity Withheld– while not recycling content from rap’s golden years.

Above all it’s the versatility that has piqued my interest. NicX sounds equally enticing on “The Sun” as he did on “Merk”, so it is anyones guess as to what he’ll bring to the table next time around.

RnB | DiRTY RADiO – My Religion (Music by: Flight Facilities)

Posted by on November 20, 2014

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Flight Facilities have been everywhere these past months, from countless quality remixes by the likes of Darius and Lido, and snatching a #1 iTunes spot for their album release, but this record right here, takes Flight Facilities to a place they haven’t been taken yet, a vocal remix by the good folks at DiRTY RadiO of “Waking Bliss,” retitled “Religion” and it’s cool as f*ck! If you guys are familiar with Mattafix, this record reminds me of their track “Living Darfur,” in it’s political engagement, and overall sound. It’s safe to say, I’m a fan of Dirty Radio, this is a must listen and a must download!

Free Download: DiRTY RADiO – My Religion (Music by: Flight Facilities)

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Hip-Hop | Julian Stephen — Sophisticated Thoughts (Prod. brandUn DeShay) [Premiere]

Posted by on November 20, 2014

Julian Stephen is a name to get familiar with. This Queens emcee drops off his latest single, “Sophisticated Thoughts”, showcasing his charisma and wordplay as he raps throughout the three-minute track. The video has a distinctly old-school feel, and in many ways Julian’s rapping and demeanor follows suit, with the kind of dynamism that characterized work from that period. The upbeat production comes courtesy of Chicago’s brandUn DeShay, who’s quickly gaining attention due to his recent work with Mac Miller, Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown, and Casey Veggies.

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Future House, RnB | Baby Bash – Suga Suga (Jerry Folk Remix)

Posted by on November 19, 2014

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Who knew they had this much groove in Norway? Taking us on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, Jerry Folk digs deep into this sweet classic by adding a funky bass-line and completely reviving those smooth vocals. We truly are “lifted-shifted” by the level of creativity Jerry Folk brings to this tune and even happier that it’s a free download. This is a tune I haven’t been able to take off repeat, and neither will you – enjoy!

Hip-Hop, Rap | Kevin Abstract – Hell/Heroina (Video)

Posted by on November 7, 2014

After crowd-funding his way to shoot this video, Kevin Abstract has emerged with the product of a few thousand dollars, a killer song, and a lot of hard work.

If you didn’t think he was crazy for live-streaming his computer desktop for 24 hours, this video will undoubtedly arouse questions of his sanity. This for me is a good sign. All the best artists have a mad-scientist side to them with thousands of ideas swirling in their head, an alter-ego, or even just a strange appearance.

Kevin has the vision. He has the industry watching. Now it’s just a matter of delivering the best product he possibly can. The “Hell/Heroina” video is a step in the right direction.

Chill, Hip-Hop, Rap | Billy Chambers – Lake House Lullaby

Posted by on November 7, 2014

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A few weeks back, Billy Chambers grabbed my attention with his bouncy Galimatias-produced track, “Gold”. This week he returned with “Lake House Lullaby” which continues to push forward his new sound. Chambers has the ability to tell a story that captivates and brings the reader in to his shoes. A talent that many strive for, but few actually achieve.

Enjoy this first sampling of the young DMV representative, because I’m sure that there is plenty more to come.