Saturday, December 30, 2017

Rasheed Chappel & Crimeapple "The Bridge" (Freestyle)


I don't post too many loosies here on the site, I am more of an album-minded fan, but something tells me this dope freestyle from Rasheed Chappell & Crimeapple won't pop up on an official release, so I've gotta support it separately here! Both lyricists drop bars over MC Shan's Marley Marl-produced classic, "The Bridge," live from the Diggin In The Crates studio to your ears, listen...

Monday, December 25, 2017

KutMasta Kurt's "Christmas" (Mixtape, 1996)


KutMasta Kurt's Christmas mix tape was released on cassette back in 1996. It features cuts from Camp Lo, Siah & Yeshua, Mobb Deep, Kool Keith, Royal Flush, Large Professor, Jungle Brothers, OGC, Street Smartz, Ras Kass, Kool G Rap, AK Skills, Group Home, Mindspace, Mic Geronimo, YZ, The High & Mighty, Ghostface Killah, and lots more. A nice smooth vibe throughout, listen to the mix below...

Friday, December 22, 2017

Conway The Machine "Grimiest of All-Time" (Album Stream)


Conway The Machine is back at it ... AGAIN. No wonder they call him the machine, he pumps out music at an incredible rate. The latest opus, "Grimiest of all-time" is explained better over at 2DBZ, "The Machine is ending the label’s 2017 with a bang, in the form of his latest release, G.O.A.T. (Grimiest Of All Time). Revealing the drop on his Instagram page a few days prior, Conway excitedly said “X-Mas comes early! The hardest beats and the illest lyrics I promise you!” The guest list is stacked too. As well as Gunn and Benny, the likes of Alchemist, Raekwon, Prodigy, Royce 5’9″, Styles P and Lloyd Banks join him on the 10-track release; produced majorly by Daringer with a bonus beat by Alchemist." Stream it below and cop the limited edition physicals when they drop.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Rest In Peace, Combat Jack


This is sad news ... Hip-Hop just lost a good man; one of our culture's most important voices, listeners and pioneers in new media. I'm not the right person to properly discuss his background in entertainment law, or how he came up; I wanna defer to his close friends and those more knowledgable for that. I can only say that he was a forward-thinker, humble and encouraging, and I've never met someone with a bad word to say about him. Seemed like everyone knew Reggie & the conversations were always positive and uplifting; some point in their lives where he dropped a gem on 'em. Hanging out up at PNC Studios in Brooklyn a lot, we crossed paths a bunch; my close friend Justin had a show on the station also and their interviews were both always very insightful, so I think of them both often. Justin, or the Company Man as many of you know him, was also forward-thinking and heavy into new media; it's no surprise both these gentleman found ways to curate a slice of the culture that has been consumed by millions of people. Some years back I found myself breaking up an altercation on the train to Fat Beats from Brooklyn - not something I'd encourage others to do in retrospect - and the screen on my phone broke. On a break, I headed over to the Verizon store and got a new phone, they weren't able to transfer over my numbers, so I sent a generic, mass e-mail to my friends and peers asking them to send me their info. All these years later, Combat Jack's is one of only two messages I still remember because he really encouraged me to reach out, and that humbled me. I guess in times like this, these are the things we think about so I really look forward to the culture showing love and sharing a lot of small stories of their own random experiences with Combat Jack. Hip-Hop, as a whole, will remember him in his rightful place as a pioneer & if we ever get a home for Hip-Hop memories and nostalgia, there will be a proud spot for him, no question. He kept it positive - even in his final days - so my heart goes out to his loved ones, and send my deepest condolences. Rest In Peace, Reggie Ossé.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Codenine "IX" (EP Stream)


The Tragic Allies MC from Massachusetts is back with a follow-up to his stellar debut "Below Sumerian Skies." Codenine's latest offering "IX" is another dose of razor sharp lyrics and rugged production. The EP is a bit short, but his lavish penmanship provides more than enough content to pack a solid punch. The 9-track EP is entirely produced by Motif Alumni and Kas, with vocal features from Vic Spencer, Estee Nack, and Eto. The Tragic Allies crew is at the forefront of some of the best lyrical content of recent memory, and their projects continue to overdeliver. Listen...

Monday, December 18, 2017

Dr. Dre "The Chronic" 25th Anniversary Mix


I think it's a dope trend that DJs are creating anniversary mixes of such high caliber like this one, as well as what Chris Read, DJ Filthy Rich & more have been doing over the last few years. This one is by DJ Matman - who I think is a dope DJ - in support of the 25th anniversary of Dr. Dre's classic album in '92, "The Chronic." Once again, it's promoted by WhoSampled & Wax Poetics, so you know there's plenty of background samples, loops and original albums cuts to dig through. In their words, "To celebrate the 25th anniversary of West Coast classic 'The Chronic', Dr. Dre's debut solo LP, our buddy DJ Matman has crafted a dope mix of album tracks, alternative versions, remixes, and original sample material." As the kids are saying these, "say less," you know what it is, enjoy!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kendrick Lamar "Damn." (Album Streams)


Whether you listen to the album front to back or back to front, "Damn" is still one helluva album. It took me a minute to get to it - I like to wait for the buzz and smoke to clear so my view of the album isn't distracted by 'popular opinion - but, then it took me even longer to sit with it, so now new and Deluxe versions are hitting the stores. Arguably, they reveal a new flow and rhythm to the project and provide new vibes and intricacies that Top and Kendrick thought ahead to introduce to the LP. It's this genius way of approaching packaging and providing a full vision that makes Kendrick one of the most important artists of our generation. To have that in the mainstream is an incredible thing, because it will surely invite new listeners into the culture and helps validate some of the efforts of lesser known artist that are also pushing the envelope and creating new paths to success. Not to mention, it's great business sense: listeners stream it again, fans of physicals buy the album again ... it's a win on all fronts. The album features production from a variety of record producers, including executive producer and Top Dawg Entertainment label-head Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, Sounwave, DJ Dahi, Mike Will Made It and Ricci Riera; as well as further production contributions from James Blake, Steve Lacy, BadBadNotGood, Greg Kurstin, The Alchemist and 9th Wonder, among others. Damn features appearances from singers Rihanna and Top Dawg signee Zacari, along with Irish rock band U2. You can stream the original LP, as well as the collector's edition below. What awards will "Damn." receive? A lot ... and it isn't even his best album! Damn.


Sunday, December 03, 2017

Benny The Butcher "Butcher On Steroids" (Mixtape Stream)


Benny The Butcher has teamed up with DJ Green Lantern to release Butcher On Steroids, his debut project for Griselda. Benny’s latest mixtape features 12 tracks with guest appearances by Conway and El Camino. Production is handled by Daringer, Camoflauge Monk, Icerocks, Noc, Trypps Beatz and Green Lantern. Benny also raps over a few vintage beats, including Capone-N-Noreaga’s “Blood Money. Check out the stream for Butcher On Steroids below, physical copies at Daupe!