Hip-Hop | Azad Right – Old School

Posted by on March 22, 2012

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There are rapper’s and then there are students of the game.  Azad Right is an honor roll student.  This new track is conceptual view of Azad’s musical influences that have shaped him into the artist he is today.  As you’ll hear in the song, his idols and influencers range from all genre’s of music, but Az pulls aspects of each genre and generation which have become the building blocks of his personality as an artist.  There’s no question Azad has an old school sound.  Very aphoristic yet authentic in his delivery.  In order to have success and be respected, it’s critical you recognize the ones that paved the way.  Open up your mind to Azad Right (even if he is a Lakers fan).

DOWNLOAD: Azad Right – Old School

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Hip-Hop | Introducing New Talent: 360

Posted by on February 6, 2012

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I came across “360” a few days ago on Rap Radar and couldn’t help but wonder, “Who is this guy and how is he in the studio with J. Cole?”  Hailing from Queens, NY, 360 finds much of his inspiration in 90’s hip-hop which acted as the birthplace for his career as an artist.  As far as I know, 360 is still unsigned and has one mixtape to date, Been Official, on his resume.  From the few tracks I’ve heard his sound is very authentic, justifiably so, when you’re frankly unknown and already in the studio with Jermaine.  Below is his most recent (and debut) video for his remix to Common’s “Blue Sky”, titled “Mr. Blue Sky”.  Judging by the sound of the beat with Cole above and the verses I’ve heard 360 put together, that G-Shock may be turning into a Rollie sooner than you think.

“Am I wrong cause I got some dough and copped a couple finer thingsG-Shock to Rolex, my how the times have changed!” – J. Cole

DOWNLOAD: 360 – Mr. Blue Sky (Watch video after the break)

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RnB, Videos | Bei Maejor Makes A Beat Out Of Christmas…Literally

Posted by on December 25, 2011

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There are singers, there are rappers, then there are artists.  Bei Maejor is an artist.  That’s it.  Mele Kalikimaka lil’ homie.

P.S. Here’s a new track he dropped as well.  Nothing but the finest candy coated rhythm and blues.

DOWNLOAD: Bei Maejor – The Truth


Hip-Hop | Maye Star – Crunch Time Freestyle [Exclusive]

Posted by on December 24, 2011

I introduced Maye Star a couple weeks back with the release of his first single, “Go Hard”, off his upcoming mixtape, Mayeham.  In lieu of the birth of baby jesus, Maye gift wrapped rapped up this promo freestyle over Bow Wow’s track, “Crunch Time”, produced by Roc Nation’s own Jahlil Beats on this crisp Christmas afternoon.  This track will not be featured on Maye’s upcoming mixtape, but gives you an idea of the wordplay he is capable of exercising.  With features on the project from XXL Freshman 2012 nominee, Los, fellow Bostonians, Moufy & De-Lor among others, this FNT sponsored tape is already shaping up to be a breakout project.

P.S. Did I mention this kid’s only 16?

DOWNLOAD: Maye Star – Crunch Time Freestyle (Prod. by Jahlil Beats)

DOWNLOAD: Maye Star ft. Deon Chase – Go Hard

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Hip-Hop, Videos | B.o.B. ft. Lil Wayne – Strange Clouds [Music Video]

Posted by on December 5, 2011

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B.o.B. brings us the visuals for his first radio hit off his recent mixtape, EPIC: Every Play Is Crucial, as him and Weezy head to the country side to get a better viewing of the Strange Clouds.   I found the video a bit humorous in parts and Wayne is acting a fool in the majority of his parts, which added a little dynamism to the video.  If you haven’t yet, go cop the full mixtape HERE and be on the lookout for a single off Bobby Ray’s sophomore album, Strange Clouds, dropping soon.

DOWNLOAD: B.o.B. ft. Lil Wayne – Strange Clouds

Hip-Hop | YONAS – Can’t Knock Me Down (Freestyle)

Posted by on October 27, 2011

YONAS is one full time baller.  He’s one of the most consistent, yet under looked and under appreciated artists in the game.  He constantly deliver’s quality and truth in his music.  Here’s the latest release from the Bronx MC, who gives us a freestyle to “Can’t Know Me Down”.  That’s really the approach YONAS has taken so far in his career and life certainly will never be the same for this kid.  Earlier this week he dropped a teaser to the video he recently shot for his remix to “Pumped Up Kicks”, which is tougher than any remix I’ve heard to date.  Be sure to stay tuned in to YONAS and I’ll be sure to share the video as soon as it drops.

DOWNLOAD: YONAS – Can’t Know Me Down (Freestyle)


DOWNLOAD: YONAS – Pumped Up Kicks (Remix) | Watch Video Teaser Here

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Hip-Hop, Videos | Mac Miller – Party On 5th Ave (Music Video)

Posted by on October 27, 2011

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After hearing the rip of this track after it’s Hot 97 debut on Tuesday, Mac gives MTV the honors of releasing the official video.  This marks the third official single off Mac’s debut album, Blue Slide Park, and I believe it’s produced by E. Dan.  As BIGLIFE was saying the other day, I’m not sure this album is going to live up to it’s hype.  It’s hard to say because Mac’s mixtapes have been absolute gems, which makes me wonder, did he set the bar too high for himself?

I respect the fact that he’s not featuring any other artists on the album, which is extremely rare, especially for a debut album, but judging by what I’ve heard so far I’m slightly disappointed.  Frick Park Market is my favorite of the three tracks released to date and that hook sounds dangerously similar to “Donald Trump”.  I think Mac’s verses on “Blue Slide Park” and “Party On 5th Ave” have been on point, but the hooks are less than I expected.  In Mac’s favor, his single’s always seem to grow on me, so hopefully that’s the case with these.

What’s everyone’s thoughts on Blue Slide Park thus far?

DOWNLOAD: Mac Miller – Party On 5th Ave (Radio Rip)