Black Spade – Build and Destroy

I’ve been waiting for this since To Serve With Love.  If you don’t know about Black Spade, this is a good time to be introduced to him with his new mixtape Build and Destroy.  Once you cop it, I guarantee you will be digging up everything else Black Spade makes.  From St. Louis, Black Spade produces banging tracks and has a flow like no other. He’s made an instant classic with To Serve With Love (get it if you don’t have it).  He is a member of the super group Hawthorne Headhunters, has contributed to many projects like Starship 27 compilation, and is now here to Build and Destroy.  This mixtape is filled with crazy production by Black Spade that has a hypnotic sound that you’ll be nodding your head to.  Black Spade has gathered up equally dope guests from Coultrain to El Prez for this project.  This is one of those times I urge you to stop reading and download Black Spade – Build and Destroy NOW!  Check out Black Spade on MySpace and Twitter.  BIG thanks to Black Spade for making the music, and BIG shout to Trackstar, Union LA, & Smoking Section.

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Black Spade – Breakthrough ft. Rockwell Knuckles & Vic Mensah

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Black Spade – The Cool Out ft. El Prez & Vandalyzm

Kooley High – One Day

One Day – Introducing Kooley High from BECAUSEUS on Vimeo.

I heard Kooley High’s mixtape (Kooley is High) and was digging it. Later I seen these cats out in LA on the grind. Handing out CD’s to everyone they could, and talking it up with other Hip Hop heads. I went to 2 events that weekend, and seen them on the move. It made me really curious about the documentary One Day, so later that week I watched it. It’s not that long, but packed with an insight of who Kooley High is. Take the time and check it out. Download Kooley High – Kooley is High here. BIG thanks to Kooley High for making good music.

Add-2 – Tale Of Two’s City Vol.3: The Rise & Fall

add2-frontThis cat Add-2 is already making moves. Tale of Two’s City Vol. 3: The Rise & Fall is presented by the 2Dope Boyz & Okayplayer, featured on Okayplayer, and URB Next 1000 also did a feature on the chi-town native. It’s good, and good music needs to get out there. I first heard of Add-2 from Real T@lk’s Mo Better Mixtape, and started doing my homework. Tale of Two’s City Vol. 3: The Rise & Fall has been on heavy rotation in my ipod for a while. I downloaded it a few days after it dropped, and was glad for it. “Do your weekend a favor and download this now…” written by ShamzDownload Add-2’s Tale of Two’s City Vol. 3: The Rise & Fall here. BIG thanks to 2Dope Boyz & Okayplayer for backing a cat that should be out there doing it BIG.

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Add-2 – Locker Room Stories

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Add-2 – Rise & Fall

Interview: Neil Armstrong


Saturday morning (afternoon for everyone else) chilling with no plans. turned on the computer and checked email and twitter to see what’s the buzz. I read DJ Neil Armstrong’s tweets that he was chilling at The Block in Orange. I hit him up to see if he was down for an interview, and he was like “Come on down.” I jetted from Pasadena to Orange in under an hour to bring you this great footage. BIG thanks DJ Neil Armstrong for taking the time.

Check out:

DJ Neil Armstrong’s Podcast

DJ Neil Armstrong on Twitter

5th Platoon

The Originators (dope shirt)

Cali Co-op Vol. 1 Mixtape

Cali Co-op Vol 1The fam Infinite Cycle had this crazy idea and ran with it. He kicked it around with some A 1 cats, J Buziness & DJ Gade Real and they were down from the word go. Now understand Infinite Cycle is in Sacramento, J Buziness & DJ Gade Real in the I.E., so face time ain’t the easiest. They managed the whole project through phone calls, Twitter, emails, and file sharing host. You gotta love technology.

“From something that started out as a discussion about not having enough unity in music to having a mixtape out in about a month shows how much a small idea can be brought into fruition by a little dedication and hard work. After all of the scrambling and deadlines, the Cali Co-op Vol. 1 mixtape was formed and what we have here is only some of California’s finest talent in one package, mixed by DJ Gabe Real.” –Infinite Cycle

Download Cali Co-op Vol. 1 here. All the artist featured on this mix are making BIG waves, so keep your ears open. BIG thanks to Infinite Cycle, J Buziness, DJ Gade Real, all the artist, and everyone that made this project happen.

Tracklist:

1. NOE ft. Oddio – 11, 12 (Prod. by Ro Tone)
2. Noa James – My Bars, My Life
3. Speak – Persian Disco
4. Skeem Price – Star Struck (prod. by J.bizness)
5. Jynxx – J.Y.N.X.X (My Story Chapter II)
6. Prophit PAN, Craze, B Boy – I Ain’t Hearin It (prod. by J.Bizness)
7. Tomorrow,Yesterday – Ladies Say
8. Lagos vs. New York (The Garfield Adams Suite remix)
9. Pheo – Turn It Up (prod. by AFTA-1)
10. Prophit PAN, Craze, B Boy – 15 Minutes (prod. by J.Bizness)
11. Trek Life & Oddisee – Enjoy Yourself
12. Reverb, Trek Life, Dvooa – Get This Money
13. ELzhi, Willam S., FOCus – My City (prod. by Rick Hughes)
14. Magnificent Ruffians & Eno – Krazy (prod. by DJ Gabe Real)
15. Gritty Bop (DeanLemm Remix)- Percee P.

Micky Digital goes Analog

Mickey Digital - AnalogCy Young, who’s part of Backpackers Anonymous Music Group gave us the low down about  BPA’s affiliate, Ivy League GFX teaming up with 18-year-old North Carolina MC, Micky Digital (aka Kino) on the mixtape  “Analog.”  Micky Digital’s lyrics flow seamlessly against some great beats. Samples include Dido and an excerpt from the book The Law of Attraction- the basic teaching of Abraham.  Download Analog here and check it out for yourself!  Also, stay tuned for his LP entitled Neon and check Micky Digital out on MySpace. BIG thanks to Cy Young for the heads up on Analog.

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Micky Digital – Like That

Pheo – Word To Your Blogger

Pheo - World To Your BloggerFrom the cover of the mixtape (that’s a take on Al Green’s “Greatest Hits” cover) to the jazzy beats, “Word To Your Blogger” is that kick back chill party everyone needs to go to. Pheo’s mixtape is a throw back with a fresh take on it. He has the laid back chill party rhyme style of Dom Kennedy, and Alf Alpha brings the soulful beats and kick samples to a simmering boil making “Word To Your Blogger” hot. Using beats from Outkast to Souls of Mischief you can’t help but to have flashbacks to the early 90’s. This is one mixtape I’m taking to everyone’s house party and putting it on repeat. If you haven’t discovered what the I.E. is bring, this mixtape is more then an introduction…it’s the I.E. way. Download Word To Your Blogger here, you can check out what Pheo is up to on MySpace. Don’t forget to swing by Alf Alpha’s site. BIG thanks to East of LA for letting me know MoVals got talent hotter then the weather.

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Pheo –  The Warning Ft. C. Green

Inland Empire is Bringin it!

For those who missed out on the show at SPACE 15TWENTY, it was dope. It made you say UHH, Dope, Fresh, Ill, and everyone was rockin NameBrand! There were lots of performers, but let me just tell you about the ones that I ran home to downloaded EPs and mixtapes from. My man Jay showed up and let me know they were going on next. Now I know Jay from way back when, and he was a dope emcee back then. But when his crew (The UHH!) got up to bat they knocked it out the park. The crowd easily doubled if not tripled in size, and that’s when I knew I had to do a write up on this. Quick shout out to everyone that performed – LVN Proof, Clinton Wayne, Shaleah Nikole, Prints Haze, & Dubie.

The UHH...!The UHH…!

Uhh, classic hip hop man, can’t stop this! The Uhh kicked it off with “Feel Good” to warm up the crowd, which didn’t take long. Then they got people moving by splitting up the crowd in half and played “This Side, That Side.” The last time I had fun checkin out hip hop was at a Pharcyde show back in the days. The lyrics were on point and the production on the beats was hot. Oh man, The Uhh were making the ladies scream…literally. They kept the interaction with the crowd, and had the ladies scream to find out who was the hottest in the place (it was a tie). The winners got up on stage and got to participate in the next part of the show. One girl held a marker board, and the other wrote words on the board while the Uhh had to put them into their freestyle. It was the dopest freestylin I’ve seen in a long time. That girl kept coming up with some random words! The Uhh wrapped it up with a few more songs, but left people pumped. The Uhh is working hard in the lab on their LP and some shows. So keep you’re eyes peeled. For more info check The Uhh on MySpace.

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The UHH! – Money

The Mighty Dope_Fresh_IllThe Mighty

“Dope, Fresh, Ill” a description of The Mighty, and the song they opened up with. I was feelin it and they just brought more of the good vibes. The Mighty had the energy and the stage presence that had the crowd doing more than just nodding their heads. Out right dancing, man! The Mighty broke out with beatboxin, guest appearances, and kept the crowd movin. One track they did brought back T.I.E. from The Uhh on stage, and they set that one ablaze. Not only that, they had the crowd textin “breakout The Mighty” to 41027. Go on, try it. The Mighty has an album download on their MySpace site that is “Dope, Fresh, Ill” fo-sho. Check that out and see what else they are up to. Click here to download the album.

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The Mighty – DOPEFRESHILL

NameBrand - Fligh Skool BullyNameBrand

Who better to round off the night than a cat named NameBrand that came with a band. Yes, a Band! Let me set it up for you. (Cough, cough, clearing the throat) Ok, these cats were setting up their instruments behind the host of the show and were quickly doin a mic check, and I’m like “what?!” I wasn’t sure what was going on because I saw this cat on a drum set, 2 guitarists, and a bass player look like they were going to do a lounge act. The host introduces NameBrand and this cat dressed like the Rat Pack comes out with the swagger of Frank, Dean, and Sammy rolled into one. He starts off acappella,…and the band comes in blazin. Before you know it, the heads go from noddin to everybody jumpin around. It was hot!! Think of The Roots backing up Jay-Z, or if you put Fatlip with Anthrax Band. It was cool. As much energy NameBrand was givin off on stage, he was also crankin it out off stage. NameBrand just posted “Fligh Skool Bully” for download on his MySpace page and has “Know the Name” mixtape for download too. Hardest working man in show biz, James Brown ain’t got nothing on this cat. Download “Know the Name” here and check out NameBrand on MySpace.

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Name Brand – Take’em

To My I.E. People, keep makin bangers!



DJ Chorizo Funk- 4 Finger Ring Rap

DJ Chorizo Funk- 4 Finger Ring RapFollowing his successful Crown City Rockers Mix, DJ Chorizo Funk has released another mixtape called Four Finger Rap.  This one has 35 remixed tracks where DJ Chorizo Funk is able to seamlessly go from artist to artist such as Kid Cudi, Black Milk, Lupe Fiasco, and Outkast- Just to name a few.  This mixtape is def one worth listening to!  Download it and hear for yourself! BIG THANKS to DJ Chorizo Funk for keepin us informed! Check out what else DJ Chorizo Funk is up to, or grab some more mixtapes from his MySpace page. Download the Four Finger Ring Rap here.

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A-Trak ft. Lupe Fiasco (mixed by DJ Chorizo Funk) – Mastered

Adrian Champion X White Stripes X Hip Hop

starsstripes_front_coverOk I didn’t have time to do all my homework on this, but I thought this is totally worth the post. I’m a fan of the White Stripes, and you know I’m all about the hip hop. My friend Reth shot this link over to me and I was like, “WTF?!? That is dope!” I downloaded it and have been listening to it all morning.

STARS & STRIPES

Adrian Champion samples the White Stripes and blends the biggest names in hip hop together. It Comes out to be a dope blend of hard hip hop. Makes you want to stand up in your cubical and rock out! Fo-Sho! All my hip hop heads out there will play this for a long time, at the least keep it in heavy rotation. BIG thanks Reth for shooting this over to me. And CHEERS to Adrian Champion for a dope mixtape.

Check out Stars & Stripes download the album and all the extras. Keep rocking!

Adrian Champion website

Adrian Champion on MySpace

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Adrian Champion – Got Yourself a Cannon (The White Stripes + Jay-Z)