Friday, December 31, 2010

Nas - Who Are You? (Prod. By Eric Hudson)

Don't know where is the came from or what it's off of but for now, here is a freebie from Nasir.

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Vic Mensa - Straight Up (FreEP)

I finally got around to listening to this release from a few weeks back and I have to say I was really impressed. Chicago emcee, Vic Mensa is also the front man for the band, Kids These Days and is a member of Naledge's (of Kidz In The Hall) Braniac Society. Things are looking up for this kid and I can assure you, his future releases will be posted here at Top Of The Roof.

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01. Black Intro
02. Like The Way
03. Lights Out
04. Mom N' Pop Shop (Interlude)
05. For The Win
06. Too Hard
07. Daaaamn (Interlude)
08. Whispers

Kids These Days - Be

Another track from Kids These Days led by Chicago emcee, Vic Mensa. This a tribute to Common's intro track on Be which has to be one of my all time favorite Common tracks. I've only heard 2 tracks from Kids These Days but I can't wait to hear more. Their EP, Hard Times, was suppose to drop this month but now it looks like a mid-January release.

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New Kingdom - Stepped On The Scene (Video)

Off of their Naked Time EP.

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New Kingdom - Naked Time (FreEP)

Although you are probably not familiar with New Kingdom, you're probably familiar with their producer and Keys player, Oren Yoel, who produced Asher Roth's Asleep In The Bread Aisle album. The band is made up of Noah King on Vocals, Oren Yoel on Keys, Joe Rausch on Bass, and Evan Turner on Drums. Here is their FreEP that came out earlier this year but I only recently got around to listening to it. Not hip hop but still good music.

Stepped On The Scene

Burn It Down

Red Walls

Download: Mediafire
01. Stepped On The Scene
02. Burn It Down
03. Red Walls
04. City In Water
05. Booze
06. When Can I See You
07. Questions

The Lonely Island - I Just Had Sex (feat. Akon) (Video)

Ok, I know what you're thinking. "Why the hell is this on TOTR?". Two reasons, #1, Jessica Alba. #2 What could me more hilarious and awesome at the same time as Akon singing I Just Had Sex?

J. Nolan - Get Out The Game (Prod. By Frontier)

The 21-year-old emcee seems like he's constantly working. As a follow up to Broken Dreams, he'll be releasing The Loose Files in a couple of weeks and is working on another full length project, Chaos Theory which will probably be due out around summer. Here is a track from The Loose Files (sorry it's a little late) produced by Frontier.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

H.O.P.E. - Compton's Finest ft. Kendrick Lamar

Just release via twitter from H.O.P.E. and featuring fellow Compton representative, Kendrick Lamar.

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XV - 2015 (Prod. By Seven)

Vizzy and Seven link up yet again to bring you 2015. According to XV's twitter, he should be dropping another track produced by Omen before the year's end.

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Rhymefest - Super Guy ft. Killer Mike

Pretty dope track where Fest and Mike flip a bunch of comic book characters into verses. This is just an unreleased track and I don't think it'll be on any upcoming project.

Download: Mediafire

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

1st Annual Roofie Awards

I felt it only appropriate to not only hold an annual award ceremony, but to aptly title them, The Roofies. The Roofies will not be like other "end-of-the-year" awards that can just be given to anybody. Instead, these awards will only be issued to the free material dropped by artists and YOU will choose the winners. The voting deadline is 12:00am on 1/4/11 so make sure you get all your votes in by then. If there aren't enough votes (at least a few hundred), then I will simply post my winners. TO VOTE CLICK HERE.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Asher Roth & Nottz - RAWTH (FreEP)

After a few great leaks, we finally have the end product. I thought this wasn't coming out till tomorrow but I guess I was mistaken. So here it is.

Download: Mediafire
01. Dontcha Wanna Be (My Neighbor) ft. Colin Munroe
02. Gotta Get Up ft. D.A. of Chester French
03. Enfore The Law
04. Break Bread
05. In My Mind
06. Coming & Going ft. Rhymefest
07. Run It Back (Remix) ft. Kardinal Offishall
08. Nothing You Can't Do

Lupe Fiasco - The Show Goes On (Video)

New Video for Lupe's newest single "The Show Goes On" available on iTunes now. Lasers is dropping 3/8/2011.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Schoolboy Q - Live Again ft. Kendrick Lamar & CurT@!n$ (Video)

Another leak from Schoolboy Q's SetBacks tape coming out 1/11/11. Download the audio below.

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Laws - Run Away (Video)

Definitely one of my favorite tracks from Laws. This is off his 4:57 mixtape which you can get right here. Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. Leauge and it samples the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Diggy Simmons - Past Presents Future (Mixtape)

Hosted by DJ Premier, Past Presents Future is Diggy's take on 80's/90's classic hip hop tracks that include Rising to the Top, Shook Ones and Nas Is Like. It's not easy to rock over classics but Diggy manages to own the track, almost making you forget that it's been done before.

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01. DJ Premier Intro
02. Digg Is Like
03. Risin' To The Top
04. DJ Premier (Break 2)
05. Shook Ones Pt. 3
06. Wake Up (Interlude 1)
07. DJ Premier (Break 3)
08. Electric Relaxation
09. Paid In Full
10. Elevator Music (Interlude 2)
11. Shut Em' Down
12. Cypher (Continued...)
13. DJ Premier Outro

Artist Spotlight: J. Nolan

J. Nolan may not be your typical "Next To Blow" artist, but he definitely deserves your attention. Working out of Atlanta but originally from Connecticut, the 21 year old Nolan has been dropping music on his bandcamp for a couple of years and seems to have really found his niche. Instead of mimicking Drake, or Wayne, or Jay, or Ye, Jamar carves out his own style while still showing off his impressive lyrical arsenal. A lyricsist's lyricsist. Kind of a crossbreed between AZ and One Be Lo (and anybody who knows me, knows how much I love these two guys). I happened to find him just going through random Bandcamp artists and I'm glad I did. It was really cool to go through is discography and see his development from his lo-fi 90's style found on The Upbringing 2.0 and Chasing Cool, to his more modern sound on Broken Dreams.
J. Nolan Twitter: @J_Nolan

Broken Dreams
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Chasing Cool
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The Upbringing 2.0
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Black Hippy - Rolling Stone

Comprised of Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab Soul, Black Hippy released Rolling Stone today via twitter. This track will be on Schoolboy Q's Setbacks project due out 1/11/11.

Download: Mediafire

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Nieve - Playback EP

I'm a little late on this but I just now got around to listening to it. Pretty dope music from Cali representative, Nieve.

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Basicali - I Choose You EP

This actually came out back in May 09 but I figured most of you hadn't heard it and it was worth posting. Only 5 tracks from the Cali emcee/producer, Gio Basicali.

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Kanye West - Christmas In Harlem ft. Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Vado, CyHi Da Prynce, Pusha-T, Musiq Soulchild, Teyana Taylor, and Big Sean

After taking a break from G.O.O.D. Fridays, 'Ye is back with another track featuring a slew of artists. I have to say, I've never heard of Teyana Taylor, but I love her vocals on this track.

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Artist Spotlight: Theophilus London

Trying to describe this Brooklyn emcee/producer's sound is no easy task. Instead of using genres, I'll use an equation: [(Prince meets Michael Jackson)(The Smiths)] x (Hip Hop X Elecro). I'm sure I'm still leaving something out but that will have to do. He first released JAM! in 2008 with some taking notice but it wasn't until 2009's This Charming Mixtape, that Theophilus really started buzzing in the blogosphere. He followed up This Charming Mixtape with 2010's I Want You (citing his Marvin Gaye influence) to equal acclaim as his 2nd release. You may have heard London on tracks with other up-and-coming artists, Mickey Factz, Jesse Boykins III, MeLo-X, and others. We will continue to follow Theophilus London's career and development and after hearing his music, I'm sure you will as well.

Theophilus London - I Want You
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Theophilus London - This Charming Mixtape
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Theophilus London - JAM!
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Talib Kweli - How You Love Me

Here is a leak from Talib's upcoming, Gutter Rainbows due out 1/25/11. You know the drill, since this is album material from an artist, I'll just stream it, no DL.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Skewby - More Or Less (Mixtape)

More Or Less is the follow up to Proving You Wrong Since 1988 from Memphis emcee, Skewby. MoL has no guest appearances and features production from 9th Wonder, Go Judo, Skewby, and more. I love these artists who drop quality mixtapes that are more like albums than mixtapes.

Download: Mediafire
01. More or Less (prod. Skewby & Go Judo)
02. La La (prod. Charlie White, Skewby & Premo)
03. Sing a Song (prod. Skewby & Go Judo)
04. Life Magazine (prod. Go Judo)
05. Sweet Dreams (prod. DJ Chev)
06. Book of Eli (prod. Charlie White)
07. Lost and Found (prod. Go Judo)
08. Everyday (prod. Charlie White & Premo)
09. Eleven:58 (prod. Rickey G)
10. Sunny (prod. Carlos Broady)
11. Must Have (prod. Rickey G)
12. Authentic (prod. 9th Wonder)
13. Me Against the World (prod. Vherbal)
14. Fallback (prod. Skewby & Go Judo)

Monday, December 20, 2010

K'naan - Take A Minute (Video)

Take A Minute is off of last year's release, Troubadour, in stores now.

XV - A Night To Remember (Prod. By SEVEN)

Seven released this earlier on his Tumblr page and provided a little more info about this track. It was suppose to be on the original Kid With The Green Backpack album back in 2008. Seven also went on to say that him and Vizzy refered to this track as "The Prom Song" and described it as "1984 Napolean Dynamite high school prom meets Superbad craziness!"

Download: Mediafire

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Diggy Simmons - Digg Is Like

New track from Diggy over the classic, Nas Is Like. This is off of his upcoming project, Past Presents Future, which will drop 12/23/10 right here at Top Of The Roof.

Download: Mediafire

Blackalicious - Toy Jackpot

I'm sure you've all seen this commercial by now and I'm sure you were wondering, "who sings this song?". Well, it's west coast legends Blackalicious and it's apart of Target's exclusive Holiday Music. Click HERE to hear more of the Holiday tracks from Target.

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Paris Jones - Winter ft. April Kelly (Video)

Since I got such a positive response to Pop A Bottle and From Paris With Love, I thought I'd give you guys some more Paris Jones. Here's an older track from his mixtape JAPAN2PARIS. Audio is below.

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Asher Roth & Nottz - Dontcha Wanne Be (My Neighbor) ft. Colin Munroe (Video)

I can't tell you how excited I am for this RAWTH EP now. Get it here 12/28/2010.

Download: Mediafire

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Paris Jones - From Paris With Love (Mixtape)

As promised, here is the 2nd mixtape from L.A. emcee/producer, Paris Jones.

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01. Good Morning America
02. Over Remix ft. Qwality
03. Soles On Fire
04. The Life ft. April Kelly
05. Sky Of Love
06. The Funeral
07. Fade 2 Blacklist Interlude
08. Popular ft. April Kelly
09. At Night
10. Silvia
11. On Top Of The Roof ft. Sergio Chavez
12. Kimmi Cupcakes Interlude
13. Facebook Proper
14. Rocket Man
15. 50 Ways ft. Kid CuDi
16. Cry Baby ft. Thr33zy
17. Go Lucy
18. Little Things ft. Qwality
19. Find A Way ft. April Kelly

Paris Jones - Pop A Bottle Remix ft. Young Rell, Nitty Scott MC, Nike Nando, Thr33zy McFly, Qwality, Like (of Pac Div), and Uness

I can't lie, before today, I never even heard of Paris Jones. So I dug around and found more about this producer/emcee from L.A. He has two previous mixtape releases with Blacklist Music and I'll be posting one of them later today. You can't really tell from this track but on his most recent release, I feel like he's the CuDi of the Left Coast if CuDi could produce. Since I'm sure you've never heard most of the artists featured on this track (with the exceptions of Nitty and Like) I also included the original version of Pop A Bottle. Both versions were produced by Paris Jones.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Asher Roth & Nottz - Gotta Get Up ft. D.A. (of Chester French)

Off of the EP dropping 12/27/2010. I have yet to hear something from this project I didn't like.

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SeDrew Price - The Bridge

This was from yesterday and the 4th of 5 songs released this week.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

David Banner & 9th Wonder - Be With You ft. Ludacris and Marsha Ambrosius (Video)

1st set of visuals from Death Of A Pop Star which drops 12/21/2010.

Apple Juice Kid - Frank Sinatra Remixed EP

The Frank Sinatra Remixed EP was created as the soundtrack for Beautiful Warriors 3, an annual series of black & white fine art films directed by Tishaun Dawson of Battalion Armour. In it’s third season Beautiful Warriors takes you on a visual ride through the beauty of women from around the world in six short films that leave little to the imagination. This critically acclaimed experience mixes jazz and hiphop with fine art in a way that’s never been done before. Beautiful Warriors 3 launches December 21.

Frank Sinatra Remixed by Apple Juice Kid

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Rockie Fresh - The Otherside (Mixtape)

The Chicago emcee dropped The Otherside today. Producers The Cartoonz, handled all the production and did an amazing job. With guest appearances from Naledge (of Kidz In The Hall), Imogen Heap, Mr. Hudson, and more, The Otherside makes the argument for one of the best mixtapes of the year.

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01 AC Green
02 The Worth ft. Mike Golden
03 Sofa King Cole
04 Living ft. Naledge & Phil Ade
05 So Gone
06 They Don't Understand Why
07 As Far As You Let Me
08 Too Far
09 What's The Hurry (Interlude)
10 What's The Hurry ft. Imogen Heap
11 Otherside ft. Rich Hil
12 Time ft. Mr. Hudson

Laws - Lady Hip Hop

Laws drops a track through Ashley Outrageous that will be featured on his upcoming project. Produced by Feb 9 who had a couple of beats on Laws' 4:57.

Download: Mediafire

Heather Victoria - The Letter ft. Skyzoo (Video)

This track is from her Victoria's Secret FreEP.

Johnny Polygon - Wolf In Cheap Clothing (FreEP)

This is the first Johnny Polygon posting on Top Of The Roof. I have to apologize for it taking this long. But here is his 2nd release and it is presented by 2dopeboyz & DJBooth. Polygon is from Tulsa, OK, and I guess you can describe him as a Indie-Alternative-Hip Hop artist but even that doesn't truly do his eccentric style justice. You'll just have to listen to find out what I'm talking about. Enjoy.

Download: Mediafire
01. Everyday's A Holiday
02. Someday
03. Fuckin' Awesome
04. Invincible
05. Handle My Wasted
06. Nevermind
07. Stupid Li(f)e

MeLo-X - Black Apple With Love ft. Jesse Boykins III

First official release from MeLo-X on iTunes ft. Jesse Boykins III. Dope track.

Purchase it on iTunes now.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mr. Brady - Get Choze ft. Blu and Diamond D

Here's a FREE track from the Cali emcee featuring Blu and Diamond D. Haven't heard much from Diamond D lately but he's still got it. Get Choze is off of Labor of Love which is available for purchase on iTunes.

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Mike Tompkins - Only Girl ft. Shad (Video)

Mike Tompkins is an Acapella artist and beatboxes the entire beat to Rhianna's Only Girl track. He covers the track and Shad drops a verse on it as well.

You can (and should) buy this track on iTunes.

David Banner & 9th Wonder - Death Of A Pop Star (Commercial)

Death Of A Pop Star drops 12/21/2010. Make sure you pick it up.

Saigon - It's Cold

New track from Saigon that will NOT be on The Greatest Story Never Told.

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The Airplane Boys - Sleep (Video)

After the overwhelming response to The Airplane Boys - Escape track, I thought I'd give you guys some more from the Toronto representatives. You can buy this track HERE. Support the artist.

Kid CuDi - All Along (Unofficial Video)

Actually found out of this via ?uestlove's twitter. It's pretty dope and I'm sure the Lonely Stoner would co-sign this himself. If you haven't already, go pick up Kid CuDi's Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, in stores now.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Blu & Exile - Seasons (Video)

Can't tell you how excited I get when Blu & Exile link up. I hope this means there is more to come from these two. I'm not sure if this track is from an upcoming album so I'm holding off on the mp3. I'll post the mp3 when I get the OK from the artists.

Nefew - The Fan (Prod. By Nottz)

I've never heard of Nefew but I'm a fan of anything Nottz does. The beat is hard and lyrics are a homage to the amazing hip hop of yesteryear.

Download: Mediafire

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Airplane Boys - Escape

Just found out about this group from Toronto. I have to say, with artists like Colin Munroe, Drake, Promise and now these guys, there must be something in the water in Toronto. This track is off of their upcoming project Where've You Been? dropping early 2011.

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SeDrew Price - Rule The Air

My favorite emcee from Vegas is back again will be dropping 1 song a day for the next 5 days as a dedication to the fans.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

H.O.P.E. - Gotta Go ft. Roosevelt

New track from H.O.P.E. off his upcoming project, Believe In Hope Wright, due out early 2011.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

XV - The Flying V (Video)

First video from XV's Vizzy Zone mixtape.

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Kendrick Lamar - Look Out For Detox (Video)

Lamar dropped this a couple of weeks ago after getting the co-sign from Dr. Dre. Then a few a days ago, Kendrick posted pics on his twitter of him and Dre in the studio. Things are definitely looking up for this dude.

Download: Mediafire

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Laws - Honor ft. CyHi Da Prynze

New track from Laws produced by The Argonauts.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

MeLo-X - More Merch (FreEP)

Malcolm MeLo Mustafa X brings you his latest piece of work entitled "More Merch." Ever since MeLo's first Mixtape was released over 2 years ago he has steadily made a name for his self as a progressive DJ, Emcee, Producer, Audio Engineer, and Photographer. With every project there is a different theme, sound and feel. This project is the culmination of MeLo's life and travels around the world as well as the relationships he has encountered in the process. More Merch is not just a title but rather a frame of mind. This EP is more personal, more musical, more elaborate, more aggressive and more culturally driven than anything MeLo has put out to date. Take time out of your day do delve deep into the stories and sound scapes painted by MeLo-X. From Hip Hop, Soul, Electronic, and Reggae, to Instrumentals and Piano solo's this is the Progression of the MeLo Xperience. This is Experimental Free World Music. -MeLo-X

Download: Here
01. ExtraSolarLove (ft. Chris Turner)
02. Merchandise (Milk & Honey)
03. Heartbeat (Quadron Remix)
04. Where’d U Go (ft. Jade of Blind Benny) (Original by CFCF)
05. Statue of Liberty (ft. Telli of Ninjasonik) (Prod. Soundwavve)
06. Gone Baby
07. Cooked Food
08. 8BitLuvin
09. Mirrors in My Mind
10. Broken Wings (ft. Jesse Boykins III)
11. Orgasmic Audio
12. BK Allnighter
13. More Merch
14. A Million Girls
15. She is Forever – (ft. Jesse Boykins III & Theophilus London)
16. (BONUS) Rapity Rap (Remix) (ft. Kendrick Lamar & Mickey Factz)

More Merch was Written, Recorded, Produced, Mixed and Mastered By MeLo-X.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

You Probably Haven't Heard: Pacific Division Edition

The was released back in 2007 and it still bangs. I mentioned it in an earlier post so I thought I should post it just in case you guys didn't already have it. The most impressive thing about this tape is the fact that most of the tracks, they're rapping over classic hip hop beats and they still kill it. Anyways, enjoy some old Pac Div.

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01. Intro
02. Pacific Division
03. Defnition
04. Nasty
05. Put Me On
06. U Know My Style
07. Ack Like You Chillin'
08. Passin Me By
09. Flexin'
10. Brand New
11. Grown Kids Syndrome
12. How We Chill
13. Do My Thing
14. Unbelievable
15. Okay (Like This)
16. Syc & Mibbs
17. Bang It
18. Run
19. Relax

B.o.B. - The Watchers (Video)

B.o.B - The Watchers from Motion Family on Vimeo.

Fresh visuals from the No Genre track.

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B.o.B. - No Genre (Mixtape)

New mixtape from Bobby Ray titled No Genre featuring the track Beast Mode. Guest Appearences include: All City Chess Club, T.I., Playboy Tre, CyHi Da Prince. With production from: Pollow Da Don, Jim Jonsin, JR Rotem, B.o.B., Jack Splash, and more.

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1.) Beast Mode – (Prod. by Infinity)
2.) So So – (Prod. by Jim Jonsin)
3.) How u do that – (Prod. by Kutta)
4.) Feet Don’t Fail Me Now – T.I. & Spodee – (Prod. by Kutta)
5.) Higher – feat. Playboy Tre – Prince Cy Hi & Bun B – (Prod. by Polow da Don)
6.) Shoot up the Station – (Prod. by Kutta)
7.) Not Lost – feat. T.I. – (Prod. by JR Rotem)
8.) Cold As Ice – (Prod. by Mike Caren & B.o.B)
9.) The Watchers – (Prod. by B.o.B)
10.) Batman Flow – feat. Donnis – (Prod. by Dr. Luke)
11.) American Dreamin – (Prod. by Mike Caren & B.o.B)
12.) Grand Hustle Kings – feat. Young Dro & T.I. – (Prod. by Quincy Jones)
13.) Dr. Aden – (Prod. by Jack Splash)
14.) Attraction – (Prod. by B.o.B)
15.) Game Time – (Prod by J. Lack)
16.) I’m Beaming – Remix (All City Chess Club)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fashawn - Going Home

Fashawn's Higher Learning 2 coming soon.

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Melo-X - Gone Baby (Video)

1st video from the Brooklyn Emcee, DJ, Designer, Photographer, Producer, and practically every-other-creative-think-you-can-think-of's More Merch EP which drops tomorrow 12/7/2010. Directed by singer, Jesse Boykins III of GFCNY.