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Listen to Danja’s Premonitions Instrumental EP

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There’s something powerful about the church, outside of the obvious religious context, that creates some of the greatest musicians. Danja is no exception. He started working with Timbaland in 2003 and it was game over from there. They worked on hit after hit (“Put You On Game,” “Promiscuous,” and most of Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds). And […]

Watch BROCKHAMPTON’s “Dirt” Video

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Directed by: Tyler Mitchell The term “rapper” doesn’t mean the same thing that it used to. Likewise, the term “boy band” has evolved as well. You can thank BROCKHAMPTON for the latter. The group that’s larger than life originally started out as Alive Since Forever (ASF) with roots stemming from the Kanye West forum around […]

Premiere: Listen to J.I.D’s "Reloaded"

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You ever play a pick up game and you’re in the zone, making 3’s like you’re almost related to Stephen Curry? Or everything is going your way at work after you killed that meeting with no preparation? Being in that pocket is a lot like what J.I.D does for about three and a half minutes […]

Listen to Black Thought, STS & Truck North on “Mad Men Jam Boys”

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For many moon I’ve asked for some new Money Making Jam Boys. The supergroup is composed of multiple talented Philly artists. Their last project is still putting up boards on the play count column in my iTunes. The Based God has finally answered my prayers. With The Wurxs putting their spin on the Mad Men […]

Exclusive: Production Duo Christian Rich Speak On New Album, Advice from Shae of N.E.R.D. & Being Limitless

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Looking at Christian Rich’s production credits in just the last couple years may have you scratching your head in impressed confusion. J. Cole’s “Sparks Will Fly,” Earl Sweatshirt’s “Chum,” two Chris Browm songs that leaked before his X album, Childish Gambino’s “The Palisades,” and Vince Staples’ “Señorita.” And that’s a partial list. The twin brothers […]

Premiere: Watch Noveliss’ “Word” Video

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Directed by: Richard Taylor (@IamRatedR) A lot of us thought we were anime gurus and some may continue to think that. As we were grew older, rappers who watched the same Toonami shows dropped lines referencing a show here and there. But none did it like Noveliss. While it’s apparent that he has a special […]

Premiere: Watch Kriswontwo’s “Love, Need You” ft. Omar

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Directed by: Rouben Alaverdian Have you ever dreamed that you woke up only to find out that you’re still dreaming, on some Inception type ish? What about a dream that never seems to end to the point where you think reality right now is a dream? If you have, you might want to take a […]

Download Scienze’s A Traveling Man. 4 for the Next 12 Hours

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Having a tough day at work? Need something to unwind to on the commute home? We have the perfect audio travel companion today. Brooklyn emcee Scienze released the fourth installment of his A Traveling Man series today and it clocks in at seven tracks of smooth goodness. It seems like he doesn’t even know how […]

Recap: A$AP Ferg Hosts First Annual Ferg Fair in Harlem

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A$AP Mob is for the children. No, really. Not only is the youth repping them hard with A$AP Worldwide clothing and their music, they are now celebrated and made a priority by one key member of the Hip-Hop group. Spearheading this noble effort is A$AP Ferg (hence Ferg Fair) and he’s joined by The Children’s […]

Premiere: Watch Onra’s “Anything” Video ft. The Doppelgangaz

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It’s not Valentine’s Day but that doesn’t mean you can’t set the mood for your special one night stand tonight with some new Onra. The French producer releases his newest video with us that features the New York duo, The Doppelgangaz. The beat is the perfect blend of soft piano keys and an electric guitar […]

Premiere: Listen to ForteBowie’s “The Man”

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When Drake rapped that the “boys tell stories about the man” on “Started From The Bottom,” is it possible that he was in fact telling a story about ForteBowie? What ever happened to Jay Z’s hyphen? Some of life’s biggest mysteries may go unsolved but the important thing is that we’re here for the music. […]

Premiere: Listen to Sticky Blood’s “I.D.” ft. Ajay

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One of the best parts about becoming a fan of an artist early on is following their career arc, even after you think it’s over. If any of you are Arctic Monkey fans, do we have an update for you. Their bassist Andy Nicholson and fellow Brit Jamie Shield have been hard at work as […]

Fila & Pink Dolphin Set to Release Vintage Cage Collaboration

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For those in the northern hemisphere, we are all in the second half of the summer. But don’t shift gears to buying boots so quickly. Fila and Pink Dolphin have teamed up for a dream team collab on a new colorway of the streetball kicks, The Cage. The white tumbled leather allow the signature pastel […]

Listen to Leven Kali’s 4102 Project

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Leven Kali is a fairly new face on the scene for most of us but he’s been working with big names (Casey Veggies, Thundercat, Parliament Funkadelic’s Ricky Rouse, Jojo) that you only get to even call by first name as if he’s been putting out music for years. The California singer, songwriter, and producer is […]

BJ The Chicago Kid Reveals Upcoming Album Details

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Chicago crooner BJ The Chicago Kid recently held a private listening session to preview his upcoming album for a handful of New York City tastemakers. Fitted out in a grey suit with shorts, he performed “Turning Me Up” with his live band and gave the attendees some insight into the inspirations behind a few of […]

Beats by Dr. Dre & Undefeated Release PowerBeats 2 Collaboration

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Wires are annoying. Not looking cool in headphones are also annoying. Good thing Beats by Dre and Undefeated are on the same page as you and wanted to help you out. They came together to create a limited edition version of the wireless in-ear PowerBeats 2 headphones to make you look cool while it’s burning […]

Listen to Chynna’s I’m Not Here. This Isn’t Happening. EP

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Who needs a press release and PR campaign when your music speaks for itself? Chynna may not be caught in a senseless beef that is filled with cheese wiz nor accused of ghostwriting for your radio station’s favorite rapper, but she did just release a new EP that is equal parts captivating story telling, personal […]