Category Archives: HipHop

Planet Asia & Tzarizm-Mystique Featuring Purple Kloud

Planet Asia and Tzarizm turn “Mystique” into a story about vampires in the Victorian era with the help of Varras Tower Films. Their Via Satellite album is available now.

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Apollo Brown & Rass Kass-How To Kill God

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The midwest meets the west again on the Blasphemy collaboration album from Detroit producer Apollo Brown and California veteran Rass Kass. “How To Kill God” is all about taking apart the western concept of the divine. Not since the almost exclusive combination of Black Milk and Bishop Lamont on the Caltroit project has there been such a substantial meeting of the two areas.

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DJ Premier Launches Gang Starr Clothing Line & Mixtape

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DJ Premier has launched the Gang Starr clothing line and he has also put together an exclusive mix of their music that can be streamed at Premierwuzhere. In addition to producing his PRhyme album with Royce Da 5’9″ and battle rapper Loaded Lux, he has put together the official Facebook page for Gang Starr.

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MC Lyte-Dear John Feat. Common (Official Video)

MC Lyte’s “Dear John” featuring Common is inspired by the #EducateOURMen scholarship from her Hip Hop Sisters Foundation. The video is a showing of various men both and famous and unknown fathering their children. Lyte’s next album comes out in 2015. To learn more about the scholarship and foundation click here.

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David Banner-Evil Knievil Feat. Ernestine Johnson

David Banner’s “Evil Knievil” featuring Ernestine Johnson is a critique of American politics and racism. Banner made sure to provide the lyrics as not to be misunderstood:

They gave us Obama like
It was going to stop the fight
Like It was going to stop the cause
Folk still scraping trying to find them some socks and drawers
And something to eat
The IRS is coming
So I’m back on these beats
Barack pushed hope
Regan pushed dope
Clinton pushed something down a young gal’s throat
And since we talking about throats
White folks – what do you know about ropes – yeah
What do know about trees
And men swinging from them that look like me
how do you say that don’t effect us
Tuskegee how’d you let them
Infect us
It’s Fear of the black semen
putting sage on the page
to eradicate these demons
This is for Tulsa Oklahoma this is for Rosewood
This is for philly (Move) when the cops bombed the whole hood
This is for Harlem when the pigs
Stop and frisk
All my folks from the Congo tell Belgium suck a – suck a
boy wonder nope I meant
Dick Grason
I’m essential like
The Moors were to Masons
The kush the black push
Aborigines I love you take back the bush
Oh – we back on the presidents George – was so irrelevant
But He did send the country to Hell
And a lot of black folks to jail
If we are blind that’s fine I’ll mime then I’ll spit it in Braille
Drop a F bomb in cursive
Put that hoe in the mail – oh P.O.s (Post Offices)
they are about to shut down
I was on my way to heaven
Then I stopped and turned around
The government yes it did shut down
I was on my to heaven but I stopped and turned around for my people – I will try to never leave you.
This is a war against Evil

Knievil

A Lifetime of pain, you can’t wash away these stains
You can’t soak me in a tub full of bleach and brighten the shadows you left on my past or whiten those dark stones you placed on my path.
Where is the love? Mentally institutionalized by a nation plotting our demise. Sicknesses is created for our numbers to be cut. Love it’s like you’re staring at us with your eyes wide shut. Love where are you? Love where are you…

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Stas THEE Boss-Stas For Hire

Stas THEE Boss, who is one-half of the Seattle R&B/hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction released Stas For Hire back in the summer. The 6-song instrumental album is a visceral funk trip.

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PRhyme-U Looz

DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″ make it known that it’s PRhyme time with another preview of their joint album coming out December 9th. “U Looz” catches them record shopping and making music in the lab to reiterate once again, their love of the craft.

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Black Milk-If There’s A Hell Below (Album Stream)

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Black Milk’s If There’s A Hell Below comes out October 28th but can be streamed at the New York Times site. The album comes out on his Computer Ugly label and there are appearances from Blu, Pete Rock and Bun B. Black Milk is on tour right now with his band Nate Turner. Stream If There’s A Hell Below here

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Skyzoo & Torae-Memorabilia

Skyzoo and Torae are proud of their NYC hip-hop roots and they bring their civic pride to the basketball court in their video for “Memorabilia.” The song is from their Barrel Brothers album out now.

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Shabazz Palaces-Motion Sickness (Official Video)

Shabazz Palaces has another compelling visual in the TEAN-directed piece for “Motion Sickness” from Lese Majesty. The narrative around the shallow opiate-addicted protagonist and her daughter is provocative without the stereotyped tragic ending usually associated with this kind of story. Catch Shabazz Palaces on their current tour.

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