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D.T. Swinga
14 December, 2012 1:10 pm

Early in 2012, Man Bites Dog Records released what may be one of the best producer compilation albums in hip-hop this year, Kount Fif & R.M.L.’s The Swashbuckler Vol. 1: The Viking Wars. Standing alongside Stu Bangas & Vanderslice’s Diggaz With Attitude, also released via Man Bites Dog Records, The Swashbuckler, with production mostly by [cont.]

11 December, 2012 3:48 pm

Together, Dan The Automator and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Emily Wells combine to make Pillowfight. Today, the duo shares “Get Your Shit Together”, the first single from their forthcoming self-titled LP. The LP is due digitally and on CD on 1/22/13 and Vinyl is due on 2/26/13 via Bulk Recordings. “Ever had a sure thing that managed to [cont.]

11 December, 2012 2:50 pm

7evenThirty is vicious. The Jackson, Mississippi MC is aggressive and headstrong. Heaven’s Computer is a concept album that pairs intricate narratives with aggressive content and pounding, extra-terrestrial production. Fans and critics have been pleasantly surprised by 7even’s ability to rip an MC apart while building a new reality to do so in. Heaven’s Computer has [cont.]

11 December, 2012 1:56 am

2 Chainz made a surprise appearance this weekend during Jamie Foxx’s opening monologue for SNL. “How black is that?”

5 December, 2012 5:43 pm

Over the years, countless rappers have gone head-to-head with their major label benefactors, many times ending up with their albums being shelved or simply being dropped from the roster. In the case of Atlantic Records alone, we’ve seen many of underground rapper at odds with the label, such as Apathy, Little Brother, Lupe Fiasco, and [cont.]

4 December, 2012 4:54 pm

Part 2 of Hard Knock TV’s interview starts with Budden talking to Nick Huff Barili about the track “More of Me” from his new mixtape “A Loose Quarter”. He states that he had conversation with his girlfriend Kaylin Garcia before recording the song which gets personal about both of their past experiences. Nick asks Joe [cont.]

28 November, 2012 4:35 pm

In one of the most unexpected super-group/collabo records of the year, Murder Mass / Showoff emcee Termanology teams up with M.O.P.’s Lil Fame (aka Fizzy Womack), for the humorously titled Fizzology LP, for Brick Records. Produced almost entirely by Fame, the album explores what things sound like if Fame trades rhymes with a more cool [cont.]

25 November, 2012 6:49 pm

We’ve reached a point in hip-hop where consumers can’t trust what the major labels are selling them, making it harder and harder for buyers to throw down their hard-earned cash for music. With the indie scene moving from 12″ vinyl to the blogs over the last five years, much of the best new music is [cont.]

21 November, 2012 3:53 am

New Jeru rap veteran Rah Digga joins forces with Australia’s go-to producer M-Phazes for the Maxi-Single “Never Back Down.” Consisting of two versions, the original mix featuring Fresno’s Fashawn and Beantown’s REKS, in addition to the previously leaked remix featuring the Michigan born, Florida raised and now NYC transplant Nitty Scott, MC, “Never Back Down” [cont.]

20 November, 2012 5:26 pm

NYC rapper Jesse Abraham is proud to announce his upcoming album “I Am Water” which will be released on Jan 29th via Fat Beats. All proceeds to the album will be donated to Charity Water which helps directly fund water projects in developing countries all over the world. The album features production from !LLMIND, Paul [cont.]

20 November, 2012 7:43 am

The White Shadow Of Norway dropped a new album called 666 recently, featuring Raekwon, KRS One, Kool G Rap, Immortal Technique, Cappadonna, Celph Titled, Crooked I, Canibus, Copywrite, Outerspace, King Magnetic, and many more on twelve bangin’ tracks with production and cuts by The White Shadow himself. Check out the first single featuring Celph titled [cont.]

20 November, 2012 1:53 am

Freeway is gearing up for the release of his new album, Diamond in the Ruff, which comes out next Tuesday, November 27th. Today, he’s releasing the video for the first single,”Jungle,” which was filmed entirely in his hometown of Philadelphia. Arguably the most revered lyricist to ever come out of Philadelphia, Freeway uses his “life-or-death [cont.]

19 November, 2012 3:47 pm

Ryan Leslie is one of music’s largely still undiscovered super-talents, on par with artists like Pharrell and Kanye West, as each a producer, writer, singer, and emcee. He completely self-produced his last two albums, his self-titled Universal / Motown debut, and it’s follow-up, Transition, both released in 2009. Despite this, Ryan Leslie has yet to [cont.]

19 November, 2012 12:09 am

It seems that the BK born, VT transplant, and now Colorado resident BURNTmd has reason to be thankful. Seeing that Colorado has legally become more green than his former Green Mountain State, the Brooklyn native has once again enlisted the enigmatic Keith Murray, this time on “Building Blocks,” the latest leak off his Green Invasion [cont.]

16 November, 2012 7:10 am

In this Interview with Montreality, Xzibit speaks about his origins, falling out with Eminem & Paul Rosenberg, what he thinks about Kendrick Lamar & his major label debut, remembers Dr.Dre paying Nate Dogg’s $1 Million bail, wanting to work with Ice Cube & His upcoming book.

16 November, 2012 7:04 am

Check out the latest music video “We Takin It” from Blueprint’s brand new albumDeleted Scenes.  Filmed in Columbus, OH at an instore signing and performance, the video for “We Takin It” captures the grassroots work ethic and rapport with fans that has made Blueprint a fan-favorite and legend in underground hip-hop. Deleted Scenes is available [cont.]

14 November, 2012 7:32 am

In perhaps the most irrelevant rap-beef of the year, Shyne and Game trade barbs, courtesy of Vlad TV. In the first clip, Shyne takes some shots at Game in a new freestyle, while in the second clip, Game speaks on Shyne saying that he is “in a sad place” right now and is reaching for [cont.]

11 November, 2012 8:43 am

Philly’s Meek Mill has had quite a breakthrough year, after signing with Rick Ross’ MMG imprint. Over the years, we’ve seen new rappers struggle to keep up with their father emcees, many times just regulated to being another number on a highly populated label roster. Not so for Meek Mill, whom has branched out on [cont.]

4 November, 2012 6:57 am

Another single from LL’s ironically titled Authentic Hip-Hop LP.

2 October, 2012 1:25 pm

It’s been six years since the release of Chino XL’s last solo album, Poison Pen, the third LP from the Mensa certified (yes, really) emcee. Chino’s known for taking at least five year breaks between LP’s, which leaves his fanbase clamoring for his brand of mind-bending punchlines, twisted social commentary, and Chuck Norris-esque feats of [cont.]

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