WOKE (Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat) feat. George Clinton – “The Lavishments of Light Looking”

Yes, you read that right.  Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces and Thundercat have all come together to form a supergroup by the name of WOKE.  Their debut track “The Lavishments of Light Looking” features George Clinton and the groovy track is currently streaming on Adult Swim‘s site.

Funkadelic feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You?”

After making history on their exceptional collaboration on “Wesley’s Theory,” Kendrick Lamar and funk god George Clinton team up together on a remix to “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You?” from Funkadelic’s 2014 album, First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate.  Listen below on Audiomack.

Anderson.Paak – The Anderson.Paak EP

You may recognize Anderson Paak‘s name from Dr. Dre‘s Compton album, and now the singer/producer has released a short, self-titled EP.  All four tracks were produced by Blended Babies, who have worked with artists like Ab-Soul and The Cool Kids.  Check it out below.

Album Stream: Casey Veggies – Live & Grow

It’s been a long two years since Casey Veggies dropped a project, but the Inglewood rapper has finally released his very first studio album called Live & Grow.  The album roster includes Ty Dolla $ign, DeJ Loaf and Tyler, The Creator.  Listen to the project on Spotify, which also features his hit songs “Backflip” with YG and IAMSU! and “Tied Up” with Dej Loaf.

Album Stream: Paul Wall – Slab God

Best known for tracks “Sittin’ Sideways,” “Still Tippin‘” and his heralded verse on Kanye West‘s “Drive Slow,” Paul Wall is back with a new album called slab god.  With help from Snoop Dogg, Curren$y, Berner, Devin the Dude, Trae Tha Truth and Lil Keke, the grill sporting MC dedicates the project to Houston car culture.  Listen to the project below before it drops tomorrow.

Logic feat. Big Lenbo – “Young Jesus”

After the success of Logic‘s Under Pressure album, the Maryland rapper finally gives his legions a taste of his forthcoming sophomore effort, The Incredible True Story.  Listen to the new track “Young Jesus” featuring Big Lenbo as the two “take ’em back to the 90s” over vintage production provided by 6ix.

Video: Sebastian Francis – “Concentrate”

Off of his latest project Still Dreamin: The Introduction, Brooklyn rapper Sebastian Francis‘ “Concentrate is a stunning reminder to stay focused and overcome struggle through perseverance and living one’s purpose.  Watch the reflective  visuals below.

Video: Problem & Bad Lucc – “Use 2”

After West Coast duo Problem and Bad Lucc dropped their Mollywood 3: The Relapse (Deluxe Version) in June, the vision for standout bonus track “Use 2” comes to life.  Directed by Tye Reid, the video, which debuted on WorldstarHipHop is dark and perplexing.  Watch below.

Video: Tory Lanez – “B.L.O.W.”

Watch the new video from Interscope‘s new signee Tory Lanez called “B.L.O.W.”  Produced by Play Picasso and Sergio R the track is mellow, but notable and showcases the newcomer’s solid flow.  The minimal visuals feature females and fire escapes and can be watched below.

Album Stream: The Underachievers – Evermore – The Art of Duality

Hailing from Brooklyn, self-proclaimed Indigo children The Underachievers (AK and Issa Gold) are on the cusp of dropping their sophomore album Evermore – The Art of Duality.  The work details their past vices including drug experimentation and gang affiliation before embarking on their current search for peace and spiritual enlightenment.  Listen to the album via NPR before it drops Friday, September 25 below.


Jay Electronica – “Holladay” (Unreleased CDQ)

Jay Electronica still has no album release date in sight, but the New Orleans MC has blessed us with another unreleased track by the name of “Holladay.”  Produced by VA’s own Rob Halladay, the track has been floating around online and was recorded about six years ago.  It is now available to stream in CDQ via Soundcloud below.

Big Grams (Big Boi & Phantogram) – “Fell In the Sun”

Phantogram fan Big Boi (of Outkast)  made it a point to collaborate with rock duo (Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter) on his sophomore solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.  Both artists have now come together as Big Grams for a 7-track project by the same name.  Due out September 25, you can check out their first dreamy bass lined offering called “Fell Into The Sun” below.

Video: Jay Rock feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & ScHoolBoy Q – “Vice City”

After Jay Rock recently stated there were talks that the Black Hippy crew would be touring soon, visuals for one of his latest singles “Vice City” featuring TDE‘s Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul dropped.  Check out the engaging black and white video below.

DOOMSTARKS (MF Doom & Ghostface Killah) – “Lively Hood”

Listen and download the new MF Doom and Ghostface Killah song called “Lively Hood.”  The two MCs exchange villanous verses about New York over a menacing track that may finally soon be available on the duo’s rumored upcoming collaborative album, DOOMSTARKS.

Album Stream: Jay Rock – 90059

Listen to TDE‘s latest offering from Watts rapper, Jay Rock, the first artist to put the West Coast label on the map.  After letting fans decide on the release date, the long-awaited album is now available to stream here.  The  project features Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes, SZA and Isaiah Rashad and is available on iTunes now.


Random Hip Hop Facts Part 45

450. Though Kanye West used auto-tune all over 808s and Heartbreak, producer Yung Guru revealed it was Yeezy who gave Jay Z the “Death of Auto-Tune” concept. 1

449. Kendrick Lamar’s first car was his dad’s old ’92 Cadillac Seville with Lamborghini doors.

448. After J. Cole graduated from St. John’s in 2007, he finally received his degree in 2015.  He stated that the reason he had never obtained it was because he still owed money to the school for an overdue library book. 2

447. The scene of police asking skaters to move in Lupe Fiasco‘s “Kick Push” video was not staged. 3

446. Missy Elliott used to play with sharp objects as a teen.   “In high school, I used to play with knives and razors and carry around a rusty ass machete. But I couldn’t come in this industry that way.  So I had to act like I had some sense.  Be humble and respect everyone,” she told Vibe magazine. 4

445. Eazy-E used to keep rolls of bills in his sock and licorice-Rizla-papered joints on the inside of his baseball cap. 5

444. Freddie Gibbs‘ name was inspired by character Tommy Gibbs in Blaxploitation film Black Ceasar.  (6:55 mark)

443. DJ Premier used to play guitar in church and alto sax in school.6

442. The original Higher Learning cast was supposed to include Tupac, Leonardo Dicaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow and Juliette Lewis.7

441. RZA stated that he did not allow women into Wu-Tang‘s recording studios until 1997 because they were considered  a distraction.8


1. [http://www.complex.com/music/2012/03/interview-young-guru-talks-about-working-with-jay-z/12]
2. [http://allhiphop.com/2015/04/10/j-cole-finally-gets-his-college-degree/]
3. [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/12/lupe-fiasco-twitter-life-lessons/on-kick-push]
4. [http://www.vibe.com/2014/07/what-millennials-should-know-about-missy-elliott-supa-dupa-fly/]
5. [https://escobar300.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/the-last-days-of-eazy-erare-swindle-article/]
6. [https://books.google.com/books?id=9U1ABAAAQBAJ&pg=PA46&lpg=PA46&dq=e-40+marching+band&source=bl&ots=ZlZJSfx-yG&sig=ty8F9GgAVCegfCe3MapmSTw1WNE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDQQ6AEwA2oVChMI84mvxfS4xwIVhk6SCh3bJQal#v=onepage&q=e-40%20marching%20band&f=false]
7. [http://www.vibe.com/2011/11/oral-history-tupacs-acting-career-told-through-his-co-stars-and-producers-pt-2/]
8. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2010/08/raekwon-the-making-of-only-built-for-cuban-linx/6/]

Love Is Evol: A Collection of Eminem Songs About Love and Heartbreak

Love has been terribly unkind to Eminem over the years. Read on to discover the evolution of Eminem’s most honest and personal songs about love and heartbreak over the past few decades.

The Game of Love

In his early days, Em touched on relationships and breakups with these two songs from his first solo effort.

Eminem feat. Eye-Kyu – “Searchin’” (Infinite, 1996)

The only true Hip Hop love song of his career features a 24-year-old Em romantically gushing, “I got some game that I’m preparing to run/The way your lips sparkle and glare in the sun.”  This is a rare gem that doesn’t result in anguish or violence.

Eminem – “Jealousy Woes II” (Infinite, 1996)

Em vents about a money-hungry girl who leaves him for another man. “Leaving me in sorrow, Brandy never felt so brokenhearted/I fell apart when you departed,” he vents.

Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATL6FCtvDpc

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