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Editorial: Who Sampled It Better? #5 - Das EFX vs. Lord Finesse

[DJ Premier courtesy Wikimedia]Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon: It's the results from round five! Following the latest edition of WSIB two more battles have been chosen with incredibly similar beats and completely different outcomes in terms of their mainstream exposure.

I'm going to encourage you to think carefully about your vote though and not just go with the song that made the most noise on MTV or the radio. Familiarity shouldn't be the reason someone gets the win. "Who Sampled It Better?" means exactly that -- not who sold more records but who made the BETTER record. It's not a popularity contest -- it's a precise examination of who took the breaks and broke it better.

* Das EFX vs. Lord Finesse: James Brown's "Blind Man Can See It"

a.) Das EFX - "They Want EFX"

b.) Lord Finesse - "The Funky Technician"

Before we get to our next battle I'd like to thank RapReviews reader @GheeMoney for suggesting this underground hip-hop clash.

* Jedi Mind Tricks vs. Westside Gunn & Conway: Afroditi Manou & Giannis Fertis' "San Me Koitas"

a.) Jedi Mind Tricks - "No Jesus, No Beast"

b.) Westside Gunn & Conway - "Dinner Plate"

Ten Hip-Hop Videos Starring Big Daddy Kane

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Big Daddy Kane courtesy Wikimedia Commons]Since I've already used the top ten to profile Kool G Rap it only seems right to transition to a fellow Juice Crew member and take a look back at one of my favorite emcees growing up -- King Asiatic Nobody's Equal a/k/a Big Daddy Kane.

If you were looking for someone to teach the craft of emceeing there were few more qualified to serve rookies by dropping knowledge than Kane. If you wanted someone to flip bars quickly but still spit each word clean and clear with flawless diction, Kane was your man. If you wanted someone to exude so charisma he could style himself as a "Taste of Chocolate" for the ladies and still keep his male fanbase, Kane was the "Smooth Operator" who could handle both without missing a beat. He had an incredible swagger and self-confidence on the mic to the point that even his most outlandish boasts seemed like matter-of-fact statements. In an talent deep crew that included G Rap, Masta Ace and Tragedy Khadafi among many others, Kane still stood out. If the Crew had a MVP it was him -- no question about it.

Even though his discography of full length albums extended from the late 1980's to the late 1990's, people were already asking "Whatever happened to Kane? just a couple of years after he misfired on "Daddy's Home," an album now best remembered for helping to put a young Shawn Carter on the map as much or more than The Jaz when he dropped bars on the posse song "Show & Prove." Nevertheless Kane continues to record, tour and drop cameo verses on tracks to this day. For those born in the 1990's or 2000's who don't have the indelible imprint of his deep rich vocal tone burned into their memory though, these ten videos will give you a unique insight onto why Kane is THE MAN.

1.) Big Daddy Kane - "Ain't No Half Steppin'"

2.) Big Daddy Kane - "Smooth Operator"

3.) Big Daddy Kane - "Lean On Me"

4.) Big Daddy Kane - "Warm It Up"

5.) Big Daddy Kane - "It's Hard Being the Kane"

6.) Big Daddy Kane - "Taste of Chocolate"

7.) Big Daddy Kane - "I Get the Job Done"

8.) Big Daddy Kane - "In the PJ's"

9.) Big Daddy Kane - "Nuff Respect"

10.) Big Daddy Kane - "Show & Prove"

The Hip-Hop Shop #398 - Shots Fired? Whoa Now

It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #398 is called Shots Fired? Whoa Now. Today you'll hear new material from Serge Severe, Drama Sinatra, Elaquent and more! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show - like The Drunk Train from Adam Bernard.

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Tracks featured this week:

* Serge Severe - Shots Fired
* DB Tha Rasta - Pour Sum Liquor
* Chevyquis f/ Dom Milli, J. Plaza - Come Up
* Drama Sinatra - Whoa Now
* Elaquent - Nollieflip
* P.I.T. - Devil Lurkin
* Keezy - Too Late
* Liana Bank$ - Plead the Fifth

Audio: @LABornAllah @SadatX - "Black Cream (Remix)" @DiamondMedia360

Audio: Daddy Grace (Born Allah) f/ Sadat X - "Black Cream (Remix)"

DM360: Given his mission to deliver grown-man bars for folks who grew up in rap’s Golden Era, it’s only fitting that Daddy Grace (a/k/a Born Allah) has linked with none other than Sadat X for his raw remix of “Black Cream.”

Video: Playya 1000 and The Deeksta - "Classic Rip #1 - Deep Cover" (@rRAPpromo)

Video: Playya 1000 and The Deeksta - "Classic Rip #1 - Deep Cover"

RRP: Playya 1000 is digging deep in the crates to present a new series entitled "Classic Rips." He will be dropping hot verses over some of his favorite classic tracks. First up is Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's "Deep Cover." This is fire!

Video: @ActionBronson @BigBodyBes - "Durag vs Headband" @Biz3

Video: Action Bronson f/ Big Body Bes - "Durag vs Headband"

Biz 3: Action Bronson drops a new song and video for "Durag vs. Headband" feat. Big Body Bes. Watch Bes handle a gleaming white horse proclaiming his usual sound statements like "...and when I die, make sure you spread my blood on a BMW" while Bronson does the raps.

Video: @CoolNutz - "Have a Dream" (@itsTOPE)

Video: Cool Nutz - "Have a Dream"

A.R.: As a pre-cursor to his forthcoming album, Pig Ears & Chitlins, “Got A Dream” details his tumultuous journey and serves as an ode to the changing face of Portland, and the consequences of the city’s gentrification. With guest spots from Mistah Fab, Mitchy Slick, Illmaculate, Bosko, and more, the album promises to be an incredible aural experience. Pig Ears & Chitlins is scheduled for a November 15 release.

Video: Big Lo f/ Inferno - "Carpe Noctum" (@biglohiphop @IStillLoveHER)

Video: Big Lo f/ Inferno - "Carpe Noctum"

Wanja: The final visual from Big Lo's EP "The Amazing Luxurious Adventures of Baron von Lowenstein Esquire III". This joint was produced by Fan Ran and features Inferno aka Jay Glock. Wax Atom on the cuts and Ryan "Freq" Foster mastered it. Shot on location in NYC by Reemo the Visionary of Flowvision Media and edited by Shawn Yabui of Yabui Entertainment.

Paul Wall Releases New Album The Houston Oiler (@PaulWallBaby)

Paul Wall Releases New Album The Houston Oiler



(October 21st, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA) Today, GRAMMY® Award-winning platinum-certified Houston legend Paul Wall returns with his ninth full-length album, The Houston Oiler [EMPIRE], in stores everywhere and at all digital retailers and streaming partners today. It's available for purchase HERE.

The Houston Oiler uncorks 16 undeniable new anthems from the self-proclaimed "Po Up Poet," swerving between screwed-up Southern fried bangers and contemplative ruminations on not only his hometown, but about the world at large. Among those tracks, the album boasts an all-star remix of his hit single "Swanging in the Rain" featuring Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Chamillionaire, Lil Keke, and J-Dawg. Flaunting his inimitable wordplay and savvy bars, the original stands out as a fan favorite, ratcheting up 1.8 million YouTube views and earning acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork who called it, "Essentially the grown-up, chilled out reprisal to ‘Sittin Sidewayz' a decade later. Even better than a comeback: when you never really left to begin with."

Elsewhere on The Houston Oiler, he teams with another regional icon Z-Ro for the sizzling and striking "Thangz Are Crazy," while "Save Me From Myself" [featuring J-Dawg] sees Wall open up over gospel-style harmonies and cinematic production. "Caught Ya Lookin" delivers an unforgettable chant, and the bounce on "Han Solo on 4's" is meant to be turnt-up, and at cruising speed.

In conjunction with the album release, Wall opens the doors of Johnny Dang & Co. alongside his business partner TV Johnny. Revolutionizing the jewelry industry, Johnny Dang & Co. is the world's largest jewelry store to showcase custom grillz. The flagship Houston location covers 14,000 sq. ft. across two floors and offers all custom-made pieces crafted in-house. If you're in H-Town this weekend you'll want to stop by the grand opening and mingle with a handful of notable celebrities, who they consider friends, such as Travis Scott, Chief Keef, Danny Garcia and more. The flagship store is located at 6224 Richmond Ave in Houston. Watch the All-Star promo video featuring Rick Ross, Puffy, Travis Scott and more HERE

Paul Wall isn't just a hometown Houston hero; he's also one of the south's most respected and prolific voices. After grinding locally for years, his second full-length album, The Peoples Champ, captured #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and achieved RIAA platinum status. He joined Kanye West and GLC for the classic "Drive Slow," a centerpiece of West's Late Registration, which achieved the GRAMMY® Award for "Best Rap Album." In between dropping a string of acclaimed albums and Gold singles like "Girl" and "Sittin' Sidewayz," Wall has guested on Ellen, Howard Stern, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Wendy Williams Show, and The Late Late Show in addition to appearing in movies such as Furnace and Hope They Serve Beer In Hell. Houston even gave him his own day August 16.

For more information on Paul Wall and Johnny Dang & Co., visit the website and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.


1. Money Don't Make Me
2. Hustle Like a MF
3. Thangz Are Crazy ft. Z-Ro
4. Caught Ya Lookin'
5. Han Solo On 4's
6. Millionaire Dreams
7. Why Is That
8. Dying Breed
9. Mike Dean
10. Save Me From Myself ft. J-Dawg
11. Headed 2 Da County ft. Rich The Factor
12. Holdin, Comin Dine
13. Showroom Ready ft. Le$
14. Real Shit, Fake People
15. Stop Cryin, Start Prayin
16. Swangin in the Rain Muddmix ft. Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Chamillionaire, Lil Keke and J-Dawg
Video: @G_Eazy - "The Endless Summer (Episode 5)" @Biz3

Video: G-Eazy - "The Endless Summer (Episode 5)"

Biz 3: G-Eazy's 'Endless Summer Tour' was one of the most exciting rap tours of Summer '16 and saw G not only play huge amphitheaters but raise the bar headlining festivals across the country. This new recap episode follows G-Eazy as he plays the Minnesota State Fair, Bumbershoot Festival, and singlehandedly sell out Colorado's infamous Red Rocks venue performing in front of 10,000 die hard fans.

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