#XLife: Reason Over Rhymes

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Lets take a moment to live in the hypothetical.  Let’s pretend the phrase “You better get your hand out of my pocket” was never uttered in the Audobon on February 21, 1965, and a young Muhammed Ali knocked out a would be assassin with swift retribution.  Let us envision a Malcolm X’s legacy extended by 50 […]

Watch Run The Jewels’ Video for “Early”

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While touring across the nation shutting down every festival they touched, Run the Jewels somehow set aside some time to put together an animated video for their gritty banger “Early.” Animators Bug & Sluzzy take the reins, giving the song a starkly red, white, and black atmosphere. Check out the video above and give us your […]

Listen to Dave East’s “By Any Means”

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Harlem hustler, Dave East, connects with one of New York’s dopest up – and – coming producers, V Don, for a summertime banger titled “By Any Means.”  Channeling the spirit of Malcolm X, Dave describes the mentality, attitude and action it took for him to make it this far.  Take a listen to the jam below, […]

Listen to Elle Varner Flex Her Rap Skills on “The End of the Beginning”

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While Elle Varner gets ready to release her next audio journey, 4 Letter Word, and new single, “Birthday”, which will feature 50 Cent, she decided to let loose a gift to hold us over until then.  Pushing her rap skills to new heights, Ms. Varner finds a little bit of closure in the Dj Camper produced “The […]

Listen to Dayne Jordan & DJ Jazzy Jeff’s “Hader”

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Following the progress of their In Progress EP, the downtempo duo of Dayne Jordan and Dj Jazzy Jeff  follow up with another soulful cut titled “Harder.”  Daynes audacious flow compliments Jeff’s smooth beat for an inspirational testament to the highs and lows of his career thus far.  Check out the song below, press play and […]

Watch Mark Ronson and Mystikal get funky in “Feel Right”

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Mark Ronson takes his Uptown Special back to school in his latest visual for his Mystikal featured jam “Feel Right.” Revisiting the dream of becoming and elementary school celebrity by dominating the local talent show mini versions of Ronson and Mystikal give a performance to remember.  Check out the video above and give us your […]

Watch Justine Skye’s “Bandit” Video

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  Justine Skye connects with ItchyHouse Films to co-direct the latest visual from her upcoming EP titled, “Bandit.”  In the video the Purple Unicorn steals wallets, women, and even a few hearts as she rides thru the streets in a black Jeep Wrangler.  In between shots, Ms. Skye shows off a few moves on a Brooklyn rooftop.  Check out […]

Stream and Download Bishop Nehru’s #TheNehruvianEP

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After blessing up with the NehruvianDoom project in 2014 Bishop Nehru teams up with producer Markel Scott to bring us 8 new and previously-vaulted tracks that were left on the cutting from floor from his debut album.  Described as “just too raw sonically for the (debut) album,”  fans can expect a choppy sample heavy boom bap background juxtaposed against […]

Listen to Slum Village, BJ The Chicago Kid & Illa J get “Expressive”

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While Slum Village gear up to release their eighth studio album, YES!, the detroit collective return to whet out appetites with another audio journey for the ears, this time featuring BJ the Chicago Kid and Illa J.  YES! will feature Phife Dawg, De La Soul, Black Milk, Jon Connor and Bilal among others, as well […]

Listen to Tink’s Tribute to Aaliyah “Million”

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Remember when Tink set off SxSW with a previously unheard Aaliyah-sampled song back in March? Well you’re in luck, because today we get the full track. Chicago’s own pays homage to the fallen queen singing and rapping over a revamped version of “One in a Million.” Listen to the heartfelt track above, and give us […]

Listen to J. Period & Black Thought: The Live Mixtape James Brown Edition


The Dynamic duo of J. Period and Black Thought emerge from the bat cave once again, this time paying tribute to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, in their latest installment in the Live Mixtape series.  J. Period gets busy with Mr. Browns breaks and remixes, while Black Thought gives us 35 minutes of funk. Believe […]

Listen to Lion Babe “Move on Up”


Lion Babe continues to conquer new heights. Currently taking over the UK, the the eclectic duo will make their return to America at this year’s Lollapalooza Festival, but for now the duo has released a brand new banger, “Move on Up.” In the fresh new cut, Lion Babe channels the spirit of Curtis Mayfield and gives us […]

Listen To Jill Scotts New Single ‘Fools Gold’

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Continuing the same motif as her previously release “You Don’t Know”, Jill Scott revisits the pain emotions bring when love takes a turn for the worst in her latest single “Fools Gold”. Jill’s first album since 2011’s The Light of the Sun is due later this year. Stay tuned for more form the R&B powerhouse. #Golden – […]

Catch 50 Cent on ESPN First Take

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDWr0Q5Guho 50 Cent takes shots at Pacquiao via First Take The troll of all trolls, the king of comebacks, 50 cent, made his way to the boxing Mecca of the world, Las Vegas. He sat down with a special #FightOfTheCentury edition of ESPN’s First Take. On the segment 50 discussed his renewed friendship with Floyd, […]

Bishop Nehru Announces EP Release Date and Tracklist


Bishop Nehru announces new EP. Underground Prince Bishop Nehru is ready to release his album. But before that he has put together a pre-album EP, consisting of eight tracks that were “just too raw sonically for the album.”  Titled Nehruvia: The Nehruvian EP the project is set to be released May 11, while his full length debut will emerge […]

Listen ton Jadakiss & Styles P’s “Block Work”

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Quiet as its kept, Jadakiss and Styles P have separately been ravaging your favorite beats as of late. Today the duo come together to tackle Cam’ron and Prodigy’s “Losin’ Weight,” taking time to pay homage to those have fallen to police brutality as of late. Take a listen to the track below, and give us […]

Lil Durk Announces the Artwork, Tracklist and Release Date for his Debut Album


The Chicago Coke Boy, Lil Durk, is finally ready to release his debut album, Remember My Name. His long-awaited full-length will feature labelmates Jeremih and Logic, and is set to invade a hood near you on June 2nd. Durk’s last project, Signed to the Streets 2, became an instant street hit, and was downloaded from popular mixtape […]

Instagram Officially Launches Music (@music) Venture

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On Wednesday (April 29) Instagram announced a new music focused account, aptly titled @music, and it’s about time. With this new account Instagram seeks to explore different music genres from across the world, celebrate the artists who produce it, and the culture that perpetuates it. The ‘gram plans to assist the people by offering a deeper look […]