Sunday, January 30, 2011

XV - SmallVille (Prod. By J. Cole)

Another new Vizzy track but this time he gets some assistance from J. Cole on the beat.

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Kidz In The Hall - Pledge Allegiance To Dope ft. Curren$y and Mikkey Halsted

Another Brain Candy track from the Kidz In The Hall.

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J. Nolan - How It Feels (Prod. By Tuelv)

3rd single off of Nolan's upcoming, The Loose Files.

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Blu - Taking The Day Off ft. ScienZe & Versis (Prod. By Blu) (Video)

Just saw this on twitter. I wish I had more info on it but for now, just enjoy the visuals.

Phil Ade - Used To Be

The 1/28/11 installment of the #PhilAdeFriday series. Also, Used To Be will be the lead single on A Different World project dropping in April.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

XV - H.A.M. (Heroes Amongst Men)

Vizzy hops on Hov and Ye's beat and changes the concept a bit. I hate when artists jump on a beat and do the exact same thing the original artist does. I like this track because XV reinvents the track so to speak. And because I love pretty much anything Vizzy puts out.

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D. Julien - Lights

Don't know much about D. Julien but this track found its way to my twitter and I thought I had to post it. Julien goes in over Kanye's "All of the Lights" beat which is an amazing beat, but no offense to Kanye, I have no idea what the hell he's talking about at times. D. Julien does a great job of ripping this beat and maintaining coherency.

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Theophilus London - Why Even Try? ft. Sara Quin

Theophilus drops his first single from his upcoming EP, Lovers Holiday, which will be released in February. For this track, he actually enlists one half of Tegan & Sara for those of you who actually know who they are. I'm always impressed when artists collaborate with artists outside of their genre.

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Mr. Brady - Because I Felt Like It (EP)

I've posted a couple of nice tracks from Mr. Brady's debut album, Labor of Love but now, Brady drops a solo EP via his Bandcamp. Check it out below and if you like, buy it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Co$$ - Through The Flames ft. Blu

The two Cali representatives link up for Through The Flames. It's never a bad thing when you get a new track with Blu on it.

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Blood Type - I Have Dreams ft. Big K.R.I.T. (Prod. By XV) (Video)

This is kind of werid, I could have sworn that I posted this track when it came out but it turns out I didn't. My bad. Anyways, you can download the audio from this Miami duo below.

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Laws - Honor ft. CyHi Da Prynze (Video)

Laws ft. Cyhi da Prynce "HONOR" from 3 little digs on Vimeo.

Laws and CyHi team up to drop this video of their track that they released in Decemeber. Audio below.

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Nitty Scott, MC - Work (Grustlin')

Just got off work only to find this in my inbox. What a great way to end the day, a cute girl spitting dope rhymes over the Gangstarr classic, Work. Can't wait for her Boombox Diaries Vol. 1 to drop already.

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Diggy Simmons - Everybody Late ft. DOE

Released today via The Jet Setter's blog. No word on what this will be off of but a dope track nonetheless.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Mr. Brady - Catch ft. Aloe Blacc

2nd single from Mr. Brady's Labor of Love album available now on iTunes. This time he enlists 1/2 of Emanon to kill the track.

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Talib Kweli - Cold Rain (Video)

New video from another single from Kweli's Gutter Rainbows album. Don't forget, it drops tomorrow, 1/25/11.

Versis - The Journey (4U) (Video)

2nd video from the Left Coast emcee, off of his iLLCANDESCENT LP available on his bandcamp page. This track was produced by Dibia$e. Versis was cool enough to drop this single for free but his LP is for sell at the link below.

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ScienZe - Drama (Geppetto) (Video)

This was off the the Brooklyn natives, Hall Pass mixtape which came out either last November or December.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Phil Adé

DMV artist Phil Adé managed to slip under the radar for my 2011 All-Freshmen Team but I have a feeling that will come back to bite me in the ass. Since the new year started, all I keep hearing is great music from Phil. My introduction to 368 Music Group artist was on Rockie Fresh's Living track featuring Naledge and Phil Adé. Receiving the co-sign from RnB star, Raheem Devaughn, among many other established and respectable artists, Phil will easily become one of your most played in iTunes. By now, I'm sure you've seen the many #PhilAdeFriday series tracks posted here at TOTR but I did some digging around and found his previous 2 albums and luckily, they're free. Although at times Phil Adé can resemble a younger Kanye, Kid CuDi, or even a more talented Wale, he also manages to demonstrate a certain lyrical dexterity and embodies an updated, nostalgic hip hop vibe bringing him an original and fresh style. Check out some of his earlier albums and keep an eye out for him 2011.

The Letterman
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Starting On JV
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Trackademicks - State Of The Arts (Album Preview)

With the official release of his full-length debut only a few short days away, Trackademicks drops a streaming version of his highly anticipated album, State Of The Arts. Twelve tracks deep, Trackademicks handles 100% of the production duties. The record enlists a healthy dosage of Track’s known collaborative cohorts, including Little Brother/Foreign Exchange founder Phonte, Windy City favorite Kid Sister, and the soulful Teedra Moses. Along with his own HNRL crew, Oakland favorites Mistah F.A.B. and Goapele also make the cut. Trackademicks’ State Of The Arts will be available digitally everywhere on Tuesday, January 25th.

Fly Union x Kendrick Lamar x ScHoolboy Q Studio Session

Just thought this would be cool to post. Got it from Fly Union's Iyeball twitter. Fly Union's upcoming project, The Greater Than Club (TGTC) is scheduled for a 3/1/11 release.

#OutOfPrint: Binary Star - Masters Of The Universe

This is the 1st edition of #OutOfPrint, a Sunday segment highlighting Out Of Print classics that if you were lucky, you got your hands on a physical copy. But for the most part, you will have to either download it from iTunes or buy it for an inflated price.

This weeks #OutOfPrint spotlights one of the best hip hop albums, PERIOD. This is more than just a critically acclaimed album, this album changed my life. I heard this in 2003 and I was 13 at the time. Upon listening to "Honest Expression" everything I knew about music changed. I turned off that radio bullshit and I never went back. This is the culmination of everything hip hop should be. Comprised of OneManArmy (now known as One Be Lo) and Senim Silla, Binary Star hailed out of Pontiac, Michigan. Tracks like Masters of the Universe, Reality Check, and Honest Expression spotlight their ability to spit unrivaled rhymes while still dropping knowledge. While other tracks like Glen Close and Wolf Man Jack demonstrate their story telling abilities. The lyrics and production prove to be a match made in melody as these to two emcees rock effortlessly over these beats. Production was handled by primarily One Be Lo and Decompoze with one track being produced by Senim Silla. Masters of the Universe was pretty much a re-release of the groups debut album, Waterworld which was self printed and sold 1,000 copies. Masters of the Universe was released a year later with greater distribution and sold 20,000 independently off of One Be Lo's Subterraneous Records label. Physical copies of Masters Of The Universe were re-released but are once again #OutOfPrint. I was fortunate enough to catch the re-release and even got my copy signed by One Be Lo and I assure you, it is NOT for sale. You can listen to Masters Of The Universe in it's entirety below and you can either purchase it from below or via iTunes.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Phil Ade - Ms. Temptation (Prod. By Sunny Norway)

"Another Phil Ade post?" YUP. The more I look around the more I am able to find more music from this guy. And until I stop finding good music, I'm just going to keep posting. I must have missed this last week when this dropped on 1/14/11 as part of his #PhilAdeFriday series. #LatePass. Produced by Sunny Norway.

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Big Sean - Memories (Video)

Some visuals compliments of Complex Magazine for Memories off of Big Sean's Finally Famous Vol. 3.

Phil Ade - Spazzin' (Video)

This dropped yesterday while I was at work so forgive me for being late. This is part of #PhilAdeFriday series. It might be redundant at this point, but every time I hear something from this dude, I just need to hear more.

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Ayomari - Get Ova Dat Pt. 2 ft. TiRon

Another hot track from these two. Phonix does a great job on the beat and as whole, reminds you of the ATCQ hip hop from the 90's.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Kidz In The Hall - So Amzin'

Fresh out of the studio, the beat was done yesterday and the track is done today. Kidz In The Hall just seem to do everything right.

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Melanie Richelle - Rockin' To The Beat (Prod. By The Gift of The Cartoonz)

Chicago songstress, Melanie Richelle drops her 1st single from her upcoming EP. With the beat by The Gift, 1/2 of the production team behind Rockie Fresh's The Otherside, The Cartoonz.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Wings

The title track and 1st single from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' upcoming album, Wings. Video coming in March.

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Raheem DeVaughn - Early Mornings ft. Phil Ade

As #PhilAdeFridays continues, this week, we get Phil Ade on a track with Radio Raheem with Boola on the beat.

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Lupe Fiasco's Pepsi Ad For The NFL (Video)

With the Packers vs. Bears NFC Championship approaching, Pepsi enlists Lupe and Nick Javas (who for the record, I don't care for) to get you ready for the game.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

J. Nolan - Corazon (Prod. By Yung B Da Producer)

The 2nd single from J. Nolan's upcoming project, The Loose Files. Release date TBD. Produced by Nolan's cousin, Yung B Da Producer.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mickey Factz - Spinning Around ft. Colin Munroe

Spinning Around was initially called Life. I wanted to write about what was going on at the time. This was around 2009 I think I first recorded this. Precize made the beat and I wanted people to know more about what I was going through. The tone in my voice let’s you know its 2009 material but I decided to let the fans see that I was working diligently in 2009 & 2010 by giving you unreleased and unfinished music. This song didn’t have a chorus for awhile. So we sent it to Colin Munroe to try it out. It took some time to grow on me and now I love the record. This was on many of the tracklist’s for “The Achievement”. - Mickey Factz

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Outasight - Losing My Mind (Video)

Last week we got audio for this track and a week later we get some visuals. Produced by 6th Sense. If you haven't already, be sure to check out more of Outasight's music in his Artist Spotlight segment HERE. Audio below.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lupe Fiasco - Words I Never Said (Teaser)

Featuring Skylar Grey, Lupe's Words I Never Said will drop 2/1/11 and will be on his highly anticipated album, Lasers.

Terrace Martin - Pass the Mic ft. Murs, Schoolboy Q, Ab Soul, Casey Veggies, Skeme and Problem

Week 5 of #DeviTerraceTuesday brings us this T.Martin produced track featuring a slew of Cali emcees. Quality music every week from Terrace, you can't beat that.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Gilbere Forte' - Born In '87 (Prod. By Don Cannon)

As Gilbere gears to up to drop his upcoming, Eyes of Veritas project, he drops this Don Cannon assisted track.

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Saigon - The Greatest Story Never Told (Video)

Visuals for the title track of Sai-giddy's upcoming album. The Greatest Story Never Told drops 2/15/11.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Phil Ade - This Feelin' (Video)

This dropped yesterday as part of the DMV artist's, #PhilAdeFriday. Haven't heard a whole lot from Phil but I really like what I have heard so far. I was surprised he was rapping over Common's The Corner for this "freestyle".

Rocki Evans - I Tried

New single from Houston singer, Rocki Evans. This will off his upcoming project, Simply Twisted.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Mickey Factz - Black Tearz Pt. 4

Part 4 of the Black Tearz series. All 4 tracks have been produced by Justin Ross.

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Trackademicks - State Of The Arts (Video)

This is the title track from Track's upcoming album, dropping 1/25/11.

A. Driver & Sanura - The Break Up

I really like this track. Just the raw, unapologetic recounts of a relationship gone wrong.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Outasight

Richard Andrew, aka, Outasight is a singer/emcee from Yonkers, NY. Currently signed to Warner Bros. and awaiting his debut album's release, Outasight has been injecting his own soulful style into hip hop. He describes his music as "Engergetic hip hop mixed with melodic soul." Drawing influences from classic rock, soul, and hip hop, his sound is a fusing of genres representing the evolution of not only hip hop, but music in general. 2007 he released his first EP, Employee of the Year which booked him a few shows. It wasn't until 08's release, New York Radio, that he received widespread attention most notably from XXL and MTVu. In 2009, he signed to Warner Bros. and released his most successful album, Further, which was actually presented by Lifted Research Group (or LRG). His debut album titled, From here To Eternity, is currently awaiting release after being pushed back from Fall 2010 to a yet-to-be-disclosed date. Although I couldn't get the Employee Of The Year EP, I compiled his other 4 mixtapes/FreeLP's to introduce Outasight to those of you who have yet come across this talented act.

Never Say Never
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From Here To There
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Radio New York
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Mickey Factz - Black Tearz Pt. 3

Pt. 3 of the Black Tearz series.

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Sene - Motive (Produced By No Games)

This track is the first single off of Sene and No Games' collab project, Metropolispeaker.

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D. Fresh - Bounce

Another hot track found in my inbox. This time it's from Chicago emcee, D. Fresh. I have to find out who's on the beat though, the production is just ridiculous.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - My Oh My (Video)

Visuals for My Oh My which was released as a tribute to Dave Niehaus, the late great former Seattle Mariners play-by-play announcer who passed away in Novemeber of last year. Great track, great video.

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Trek Life - Love Like You (Video)

Produced by Rich The Unknown and off of DJ Jay P's Just Right mixtape, coming soon. For more on that project, go to

Fly Union - Value Pack Vol. 6 (EP)

This EP dropped last year but I've only just now finished listening to it. I had so much music that I had to get through that this kept getting put on the backburner. What a shame because this was a great EP. The collective known as Fly Union is made up of Jerreau, Monkey Wrench (a duo consisting of Iyeball & Jayswifa) and hails from Columbus, OH. I'm definitely looking forward to anything else Fly Union drops this year.

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01. Grand Opening
02. Long Run
03. Good To Go
04. Feel Good
05. U Know Who You Are (Jerreau of Fly Union)
06. Partner (Money Wrench of Fly Union)
07. Grand Closing

Kanye West – Monster (MUPPETS VIDEO) by Galaxy World

Spotted this at Trek Life's Blog and thought it was an instant classic. I usually don't care for these parody-like videos but this was dope.

Mickey Factz - Black Tearz Pt. 2

As promised, part 2 of yesterday's Black Tearz is here.

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Rockie Fresh - Living ft. Naledge & Phil Ade (Video)

Latest set of visuals from my favorite release of 2010, The Otherside.

A. Driver - That Block Feel

Sifting through the inbox and I stumbled upon this track. This is one of the many reasons I love running a blog, because now, good music can find me. 22 year-old Amir Driver, hails from Norfolk, VA and definitely seems to be another great up-and-coming music act out of VA. A. Driver has a project titled, The Breakup, dropping on 1/14/11 but I'm not sure if this will be on it. I do know that I'll definitely be checking it out and if I like what I hear, it'll be up here on TOTR.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Najee - To Tomorrow (A Hip Hop Toast) ft. Nitty Scott, MC

A great toast to hip hop, Nitty murders her guest appearance. It's like every track she's on is just a teaser until we can get Boombox Diaries. Until then, enjoy this track.

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Kris Kasanova - Mona (Video)

New visuals for Kris Kasanova's The Long Way Home EP. If you haven't checked it out yet, check the Editor's Picks page, it's there. Audio below.

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Kid Sister - Kiss Kiss Kiss (Mixtape)

Chicago femcee, Kid Sister drops her Kiss Kiss Kiss mixtape today. Mixed by Nick Catchdubs and presented by Fool's Gold Records, home of Duck Sauce, Chromeo, and Cool Kids to name a few. This mixtape really blends the electronic/dance genre with hip hop and Kid Sis does a great job of rocking over these beats. A lot of the music is like modern "freestyle" similar to Lisa Lisa if Lisa Lisa was dope emcee.


Kiss Kiss Kiss

Lookout Weekend ft. Nina Sky

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01. Kissin-tro
02. Kiss Kiss Kiss
03. Work Them
04. Green Velvet - Everybody Wants
05. Carte Blanche - Do! Do! Do! (Original / Laidback Luke Remix)
06. Daydreaming (Douster Remix)
07. Lookout Weekend f. Nina Sky
08. Gucci Rag Top f. Gucci Mane
09. Click Clack (Show It Off)
10. Don't Stop Movin
11. Right Hand Hi (Caspa Remix)
12. Paul Wall - Imma Get It
13. Jo-DE-Ci f. DJ Gant-Man

Mickey Factz - Black Tearz Pt. 1 (Prod. By Justin Ross)

Mickey just dropped this today via twitter. Pt. 2 coming tomorrow.

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Mike Jaggerr - The Eleventh Hour (FreeLP)

Released at 1:11AM, the highly anticpated LP from the emcee/producer Mike Jaggerr, is finally here. I'm happy to say that after listening to this, I was thoroughly impressed and I'm sure you will be too. Check it out.

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01. Time's Up (Intro)
02. Morning, Noon & Night
03. The Clock
04. Rainy Days
05. Away
06. Episodes
07. Cruise Control ft. Big K.R.I.T.
08. Doin' Nothing
09. Put You On
10. Put It Down
11. Talk
12. Drunk Off Your Love
13. Shades
14. Drugs
15. Run To Me
16. I'm My Hero
17. Tired Of Runnin'
18. Like I Do It (BONUS)

Outasight - Losing My Mind (Prod. By 6th Sense)

Outasight and 6th Sense team up yet again to bring you another great track. Outasight has really done a great job of combining all his talents to produce quality music.

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Fokis - I Wanna Live Good ft. Olu Dara

The L.E.S. emcee, Fokis, teams up with Nas' father, Olu Dara to bring you this smooth, feel good track. No word on what it'll be off of but definitely one of the smoothest tracks you'll hear all year.

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You Probably Haven't Heard: Nouveau Riche Edition

Nouveau Riche was a Philadelphia indie-band led by songstress, Nikki Jean and Roots' emcee, Dice Raw. Although well-received, Nouveau Riche disolved with each member kind of doing their own thing. Jean is signed to Sony records and is hoping for a late spring release while Dice is still working with The Roots and now, Money Making Jam Boys. Other band members ended up joining Zoe Kravitz' band, Elevator Fight. Although it's unfortunate the group broke up before they could really get started, their short time together blessed us with two great EP's. These are from 2008 but trust me, they've stood the test of time. Enjoy.

Free Money EP
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Longtail EP
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Saigon - It's Cold (Video)

Great song and now we have visuals for it. Although this won't be on it, make sure you buy Saigon's The Greatest Story Never Told album on 2/15/11.

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J. Pinder - All That Fire (Prod. By Jake One)

This track will be on the Seattle emcee's upcoming album, Code Red 2.0, which is due out 1/25/11.

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Schoolboy Q - Setbacks (Album Release)

After a few leaks, Schoolboy Q drops his highly anticipated Setbacks album. Available now on iTunes.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Kanye West & Jay-Z - H.A.M.

Kanye & Jay drop their a single from their Watch The Throne project, coming soon. For those wondering H.A.M.=Hard As a Motherfucker.

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