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Subways & Sidewalks #21 - #FUTURESHOCK Edition (@Halo203 @stretchito @prehistoricbboy)

S&S 21RapReviews' podcast lineup brings you another epic show from Jeep Ward a/k/a DJ Halo in his Subways & Sidewalks series. Here's what Jeep has to say about it: "Holy crap this is a big edition of the show. It's the #FUTURESHOCK so strap yourself in and hang on tight!" Follow @Halo203 on Twitter, Marc Stretch @stretchito and Deejay Saurus prehistoricbboy.


* Teeko - Sucker Punk DJ
* Hellfyre Club - Fck the Nightstalker (ft. Rhetoric Ramirez)

[Saurus Set]

* Mobb Deep - Say Something
* Notorious BIG ft. Jay-Z - Picasso Biggie
* Rakaa Iriescience - Observatory (ft. Mad Lion)
* Marco Polo - 3-0 Clock (ft. Organized Confusion)
* J. Period & BIG - The System (ft. Jay Electronica, Jay-Z, J. Period Remix)
* Hassan Mackey & Apollo Brown - Volume
* Little Brother - I Got Work For Ya
* Marco Polo & Torae - Rah Rah Shot
* Rapper Big Pooh - It's A Go (ft. Torae)
* Skyzoo & Illmind - Speakers on Blast

[HALO Set]

* Kavinsky - Night Call (Onry Ozzborn remix)
* Headnodic - Chopatello Unique
* N.A.S.A. - Hide (ft. Anyzl Jones, Tropakillaz remix)
* Premrock - Criminal Childish (feat Curly Castro)
* Kyle Rapps - The Sky On Fire
* Pickster One - Kingman fire
* Kelis - Jerk Ribs (Mount Kimbe Remix)
* Jlasoul - The Essence (ft. Don D)

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Video: @RocDoogie (Phenetiks) - "Lookalikes"

Video: Roc Doogie (Phenetiks) - "Lookalikes"

Courtesy Elastic Brand.

Artist: Roc Doogie (Phenetiks) Produced by Daveytree
Song: Lookalikes
Album: "Audiowear" by Elasticbrand
Directed by: Arjen Noordeman, Elasticbrand
DP: Steve Dassas

Video: Jise One - "PASSION OF JISE Trailer #1" (@jiseone2 @CJMHipHop)

Video: Jise One - "PASSION OF JISE Trailer #1"

Courtesy CJM.

"The Passion Of Jise" Lp will be available in 2014. With production by Q-Unique, INSITE, IDE, Nuttkase, Frank Sasoon, Dras79 and MastaMind. Featuring ILL BILL, FREESTYLE (The Arsonists), Loki Velez and more....

Mixtape: Nocturnals - "7 Sins"

Mixtape: Nocturnals - "7 Sins"

Courtesy E.S.

It's called "7 Sins." Each song is based on a different sin. It's totally free and it don't get much cheaper than that. It's got some really great guests - Wizard Jenkins of Tomorrow Kings, Young General, Gatz N Goods, and some other great acts from around Chicago.

Video: Teek Hall (@WaxSociety) - "Firestarter" (@Teek_Hall @SummerTheKid @CookUpCam)

Video: Teek Hall (Wax Society) - "Firestarter"

Courtesy Wax Society.

The Detroit born and raised emcee, now residing in Arizona, brings his midwest style to the Wax Society crew. Firestarter is a select track off Murals EP, telling the story of growing up in one of the toughest cities in the US. Video produced in-house by our director, Summer The Kid and beat produced by Chicago homie Cam Marino.

Spoken Reasons: Who Gives a F About Miley Cyrus?

Spoken Reasons: Who Gives a F About Miley Cyrus? - Internet personality and actor Spoken Reasons recently shared his thoughts on El Chapo's capture, the U.S. being in concert with drug lords, and Miley Cyrus' attention seeking behavior.

Audio: @MarvelousMagNY @Skyzoo "Still Alive"

Audio: Marvelous Mag f/ Skyzoo "Still Alive"

Courtesy Matt B.

Marvelous has been featured on numerous projects with his counterpart Hus Kingpin, including the recently released the Hus Kingpin Meets Pro Era EP with Chuck Strangers and Hus’ Mello Music Group release The Cognac Tape which was hosted by Roc Marciano.

eMC To Release The Turning Point EP via M3/Penalty Entertainment (@emccrew @StacheMedia)

eMC To Release The Turning Point EP via M3/Penalty Entertainment

Courtesy 'Stache Media.

Hip Hop super-group eMC announces the release of their forthcoming EP The Turning Point via M3/Penalty Entertainment/RED on May 20. Formed in 2007, eMC is comprised of four lyricists including the Milwaukee born phenom Stricklin, the widely respected NYC duo and "Lyricist Lounge" emcees Punchline & Wordsworth and the legendary Brooklyn-bred and former Juice Crew member Masta Ace.

The Turning Point will be available for pre-order on May 6, and fans who purchase the EP in advance will receive the lead single "Charly Murphie" as an instant grat track on iTunes. Produced by Detroit's own 14KT and featuring Agallah Don Bishop (8-Off the Assassin), "Charlie Murphie" is eMC's antithesis response to the current trend of radio friendly songs being named after famous individuals. Masta Ace explains "Charly Murhpie epitomizes the hardcore, aggressive, punch in the nose mentality which is a stark contrast to those other songs."

In various skits,The Turning Point takes the listener through the group's decision to record a new album after almost 6 years. Reminiscent of John Belushi's character in "The Blues Brothers," Masta Ace calls each member asking them if they are interested in reuniting. The result is a 6-song offering with stand out tracks "Stay Busy" featuring and produced by newcomer Pav Bundy, and "Verified" featuring Birmingham England sensation Lady Leshurr. The title track "Turning Point" features east coast crooner Range Da Messenga, as well as production from UK's very own Quincey Tones.

eMC will release the video for "Charlie Murphie" next month and plans to tour the US and Europe this summer, as well as Canada later this year.
Hieroglyphics Co-Founder @SmashRockwell Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary of "Fear Itself" With Tour & Instrumentals

Hieroglyphics Co-Founder Casual Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary of "Fear Itself" With Tour & Remastered Instrumentals

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Hieroglyphics co-founder, who is considered to be one of your favorite rappers' most respected rappers, Casual, is kicking off the 20-year celebration of his formidable and influential album Fear Itself by announcing a commemorative tour where he will perform the original album in its entirety. He is also releasing a digitally remastered version of the instrumentals. Respected and recognized as one of the most skilled and versatile rappers, his Fear Itself debut was responsible not only for introducing Casual's dizzying rhyme styles to the world-at-large, but also for strengthening the foothold of his crew in an age when few equated lyrical hip-hop with the West Coast.

Fear Itself is also widely-recognized for its richly-layered and jazzy beats, many of which were produced by Casual himself. The sample selection and arrangement led to the album being cited as one of the "Top 20-plus Hip Hop Albums of All Time from a Beat Fanatics Perspective" in a 1995 column in Rap Pages, which was one of the few hip hop magazines with nationwide distribution during that pre-internet era. Even with a coveted 4-mic rating in The Source and a strong debut at #104 on Billboard's Pop Album Charts, the label (Jive Records) never quite gave the album the boost it deserved to catapult Casual to the success many had predicted. Still, Fear Itself quickly gained a cult status to a wide range of hip hop enthusiasts, and was later ranked at #15 of The Most Slept-On Albums of All-Time in The Source in 2011. Casual's lyrical stylings kept listeners on edge with his never-predictable internal rhyme schemes, and many eventually associated the album with a freestyle battle on KMEL's "The Wake Up Show" against Saafir that is often mentioned among the most memorable battles in rap history.

Not long after finishing high school in 1992, Casual was able to showcase his already-polished talent to several label execs and A&Rs, and a bidding war ensued. Bypassing Elektra (where his co-hort Del Tha Funkee Homosapien was signed), he eventually chose Jive Records, which was not only where his Hiero crewmates Souls Of Mischief had signed, but was also home to Too $hort, KRS-ONE, and A Tribe Called Quest. The album was finished by February 1993, and the anticipation of the album would swell nationwide thanks to the lead single "That's How It Is," widely-traded freestyle recordings from Stretch and Bobbito's WKCR radio show in New York, and his appearances both rapping and producing on Del's No Need for Alarm and Souls of Mischief's 93 Til Infinity albums. Despite a tepid promotional campaign by Jive and numerous delays, Fear Itself would finally be released in June 1994.

In commemoration of the anniversary, Casual, joined by the rest of the Hieroglyphics crew, will host an official celebration in San Francisco at Brick & Mortar, Saturday April 19. A tour throughout the U.S. performing the album will follow in May and June, with a European tour coming in Fall 2014.

Fear Itself 20 Year Anniversary Tour Dates:

April 20th - @Brooktrails Lodge - Willits, CA
April 26 - @19th Broadway - Fairfax, CA
May 2nd - @Chrome Lotus - Santa Rosa, CA
May 3rd - @The Back Bar - San Jose, CA
May 4th - @The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
May 11th - @Crocodile Cafe - Seattle, WA
May 15th - @The Palace Lounge - Missoula, MT
May 17th - @Cervantes Masterpiece - Denver, CO
May 21st - @Pub Rock - Scottsdale, AZ
May 22nd - @Green Room - Flagstaff, AZ
May 23rd - @Plush - Tucson, AZ
June 13th - @Coopers - Nevada City, CA
August 9th - @Shambhala Music Festival - Salmo, Canada

Purchase Tickets here: .

Buy the Instrumental Album here: .
Video: @BlahzMartell "Best Of The Best" (prod. x Avenue Beats) @JoeBayer

Video: Blahz Martell "Best Of The Best" (prod. x Avenue Beats)

Courtesy Joe Bayer.

Formerly known as MC Out Loud of Blahzay Blahzay and widely recognized for his debut single “Danger” from the 1996 album Blah, Blah, Blah, the hip-hop veteran Blahz Martell has sold over a million units worldwide. Returning to the game after a substantial hiatus, Martell requites on how he feels about his position in the industry. It’s always great to see the passion continue in an MC after numerous years in the game and Blahz is able to fully embody that notion.

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