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Audio: KENO - Ms. Bad News ft. Haz Solo (Prod. @MotelEola1st)


Audio: KENO - Ms. Bad News ft. Haz Solo (Prod. Motel Eola)

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"KENO's Ms. Bad News ft. Haz Solo produced by Motel Eola, is the bold hip hop record about the infamous "heart breaker" we all encounter when times are hard. Laced with manic sample chops and slices, and equally matching sharp lyrics from both rappers."

Audio: Royal-Tee "Better Than Yesterday" (@iamroyaltee1 @jenovaseven)


Audio: Royal-Tee "Better Than Yesterday"

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Royal-Tee has been working on his upcoming project "Reality Rap" and decided to release a new track "Better Than Yesterday" produced by Jenova 7. No hype, no gimmicks, just music with substance.

Jay Z Wanted To 'F--- With People's Heads' With 'Holy Grail' Video, Director Says (@positivnegativ)


Jay Z Wanted To 'F--- With People's Heads' With 'Holy Grail' Video, Director Says

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'Jay's committed to turning the rules upside down,' director Anthony Mandler tells MTV News.

By James Montgomery (@positivnegativ)

From the opening frames of Jay Z's "Holy Grail" video, you notice something is amiss.

Rather than seeing Justin Timberlake belt out his A cappella intro, the viewer instead gets Hov delivering a verse. His performance plays out over a series of nightmarish images serpents, shadows, silhouettes shafts of light that make the viewer feel cold, claustrophobic. Jay looks pensive, weary, almost trapped by the, uh, trappings of his success. And then, without notice, the entire video slows down, sags beneath its visual heft, then stops completely. The screen goes black.

Needless to say, it's unlike anything Jay or JT have done before. And it's all courtesy of director Anthony Mandler, who took Jay's #newrules mantra to heart, and set out to reinvent the very idea of a big-budget music video ... beginning with the music itself.

"Jay's committed to turning the rules upside down. He's willing to push the boundaries, flip the concepts, and allowed me the ability to be really disrespectful to the track, to re-cut it and change the order," Mandler told MTV News. "When we started the video, the idea wasn't to re-arrange the track; that came along the process of discovery, during the edit, when we had this idea of 'How do we turn the medium again?'

"Yes, I could craft a nine-minute, cinematic video, or Jay and I could step back, put some footage on the chopping block, put a chorus on the chopping block, surprise people and make this an experience," he continued. "It's a revision of the song ... I loved the long Justin intro, but it was like 'Let's fool 'em a little bit, give 'em an abstract video, then jump right in.' It was a way to f-- with people's heads, in a time when people don't do that anymore."

And that idea extended to the video itself, which is decidedly dark: Rather than celebrate the excesses of fame, Mandler and Jay were determined to explore the limitations it imposes. They discussed the legacies of fallen icons like Howard Hughes, the wealthy entrepreneur who became a recluse, and boxing great Mike Tyson, who squandered a fortune and lost his way following a shocking 1990 loss to underdog Buster Douglas (footage of the infamous KO is included in the video).

"We talked a lot about that. How do you become trapped by that which you worked so hard to build? Just when you think you have everything, the universe can take it all back in just one second," Mandler explained. "There was definitely a connection between his own life, and Howard Hughes and Mike Tyson. Tyson was a hero to many, he was almost invincible, and then, he gets knocked down by a guy like Buster Douglas. Jay definitely felt the connection there."

So the two set out to create a video that, literally, destroyed the things that success brings: a limousine is set ablaze. A pyramid of champagne glasses comes tumbling down. There are fleeting references to Icarus, who flew to the sun, and shots of money, untouched, forever spoiled by a hissing serpent. In short, nothing was sacred ... not the music, or the medium. Which, again, was precisely the point.

"I think it's one of his most personal songs," Mandler said. "It admits a certain prisoner mentality, that even at this point in his life; you just find another set of walls, with a better view. And he was willing to go there with me on that idea, and this project. To push the medium forward."
Audio: Penny Shaw Feat B. Morgan - Droptop Music (@mikespits)


Audio: Penny Shaw Feat B. Morgan - Droptop Music

Courtesy EQ Mike.

This is the first single off of the currently untitled forthcoming project from Penny Shaw produced entirely by EQ Mike of Equalyzas Ent/EQ Studios.

Video: @937ReeseDude - "I'm On"


Video: Reese Dude - "I'm On"

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Short Bio: Raysean YoungReeseDude Reese is an hip-hop artist based out of Dayton Ohio. He was also born and raised there. He has been rapping since he was 13 but has been a fan forever.

Video: @AF_Rome - "Forties" (@1MarkParker @Edge_Media_)


Video: AF Rome - "Forties"

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RARE Nation recording artist AF Rome provides some visuals for his new track, "Forties." Gearing up for his debut project, *The Application*, Romero lets go the feel-good, Mark Parker-produced party record which is perfect timing for college students headed back for the fall semester. Romero's easy going personality and clever rhymes shine throughout the track.

Audio: @ArmaniOfYork - "Sigh of Relief" (@VinylandGold)


Audio: Armani of York - "Sigh of Relief"

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Twitter:
@ArmaniOfYork @VinylandGold

@SupaStarCity Get It Wet Remix w/ Remedy & Priceless Da Roc (@mzlimari2u)


Audio: City P's Get It Wet Remix w/ Remedy & Priceless Da Roc

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Here's a Lil something to take you into your Labor Day


Video: Nissim - "World Heroes" (@nissimofficial)


Video: Nissim - "World Heroes"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Seattle rapper Nissim, formerly known as D.Black before his recent conversion to Orthodox Judaism, kept getting the same feedback about today's hip-hop: "I kept hearing from a lot of people, 'I'm tired of rap,' or, 'I don't even listen to music like that, I don't want my kids hearing it,' and so on. It seemed like everyone was becoming more critical of the messages commonly pushed in music today. So as an artist I felt it appropriate to say that even as a consumer, 'we are tired!'"

Video: DMX Spits the First Rap He Ever Wrote (@NatiCelebs)


Video: DMX Spits the First Rap He Ever Wrote

Courtesy D Nati.

I was at X's house yesterday and during recording for an upcoming TV show, He revealed that can still deliver the first rap he wrote at the age of 13.


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