Interviews | Eight Questions With Clinton Sparks

Posted by on September 12, 2014

If you ask five people who Clinton Sparks is, it’s likely you’ll get five different answers. Labeled by many in the industry as a jack of all trades, Clinton Sparks has taken the leap from mixtape king and super-producer to leading man with the release of his highly anticipated “ICONoclast” EP earlier this week. Melding the sounds of hip-hop, rock, and EDM into one “ICONoclast” is a collaborative body of work chalked full of features that only Clinton Sparks could make happen. It’s safe to say he’s on the rise. Rather than ask the standard questions asked of every artist when they’re on a press run, we decided to sit down with Clinton in order to find out what makes him really tick. Prepare to Get Familiar.

BL: You’ve just released your “ICONoclast” EP via Photo Finish Records / Republic. Instead of asking standard interview questions. We’re going to mix it up. Are you ready?

CS: Get Familiar.

BL: Alright, let’s get to it.


Hip-Hop | SUBMiT- Spend It ft. Pharoh & Taylor Bennett

Posted by on June 2, 2014

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You roll the dice, land on Boardwalk – do you throw down the paper and add it to your portfolio it or do you pass?  STNDRD front runner voices his decision on his latest single, “Spend It”.  Bringing along label mate, Pharoh, as well as Taylor Bennett, the younger brother of that rapper named Chance.  Flowing smoothly over a light trap influenced production, the ATL young guns bounce back onto the blog scene as they continue to ascend to the limelight.  SUB’s upcoming project, Apt. 139, dropping this fall.
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Hip-Hop | 2013 XXL Freshman + Hip Hop Round Up

Posted by on January 24, 2013


XXL just came out with the nominees for this years Freshman 10. With so many big names and probably the best class to date, it’s pretty much impossible to find a 10 that you won’t be happy with. Clink the link below to head on over to XXL and vote for your favorite freshman.

Vote for your favorite freshman candidate here

Now that that’s out of the way, I wanted to drop off a couple tracks that I haven’t been able to post and make it into a Hip Hop Round Up. Click the jump below to listen and download the tracks. Trust me, you probably don’t want to miss these. READ ON >>


Hip-Hop | YONAS – Drive It Like It’s Stolen

Posted by on June 11, 2012

YONAS has made waves lately with his remixes nobody has been able to touch. Most notably, our favorite Bronx street preacher flipped Foster The People’s chart topping hit, “Pumped Up Kicks”, which is on the brink of breaking 2,000,000 hits on YouTube.  While YONAS’ attack has been rather stealth over the past few years, he’s beginning to garner the recognition he deserves with love from some of the most respected hip-hop sites such as XXL.  Continuing with his string of amazing sampled tracks, Y-O brings it back to the blueprint and delivers a filthy new track over The Glitch Mob’s “Drive It Like You Stole It” which will act as the second single off his upcoming project.  Consider this a verbal warning as YONAS shares a lesson on how to “Drive It Like It’s Stolen”.  The Transition mixtape coming June 25th!

“This is not Mac Miller, this is that much iller, this is R.I.P. hipsters, I’m a backpack killer” – YONAS

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Hip-Hop | A$AP Rocky – Celebration

Posted by on January 15, 2012

He be that “Pretty MuthaF***a”. Breaking from his usual stoner beats, Harlem native A$AP Rocky hits us with this banger. Although the beat is upbeat he still finds ways to incorporate those common Houston influences. I think this might be my favorite track by A$AP, and that’s saying something, especially with all those Clams Casino beats on Live,Love,A$AP. Expect more from Rocky, especially with him being nominated for that XXL freshman.

Must Download: A$AP Rocky – Celebration

Hip-Hop | A$AP Rocky – Pretty Flacko (prod. SpaceGhostPurrp)

Posted by on January 1, 2012

New A$AP to start the year?!?! I think so. Rocky hits us with this dope track produced by SpaceGhostPurrp. Rocky is nominated for the XXL freshman edition, so vote for him here. Keep it trill and Happy New Years!

Download: A$AP Rocky – Pretty Flacko (prod. SpaceGhostPurrp)

Hip-Hop | J-Lo ft. Lil Wayne, Game, & Meek Mill | Hip-Hop

Posted by on March 30, 2011

Wayne’s opening verse didn’t do much for me, but the goddess known as Jenifer Lopez makes up for it.
DOWNLOAD: Jenifer Lopez ft. Lil Wayne – I’m Into You

The eerie background violin is the perfect touch to this track.

DOWNLOAD: The Game – Violin

If you have yet to get into the XXL freshman, Meek Mil, it’s about time you give him a listen.

DOWNLOAD: Meek Mil ft. Lou Williams, & Mel Love – Give It To Em