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Audio: @IAmChiCity - "Overdose" (Freestyle Over "Yay Yay")

Audio: Chi City - "Overdose" (Freestyle Over "Yay Yay")

Courtesy Fader.

Chi City Drops yet Another dope freestyle, this time over TDE's SchoolBoy Q's "Yay Yay". With a melodic brigde that reminds you of Chance the Rapper and a verse that gives you that raw energy, I would say that this freesyle might actually be better than the orginal. Of course all due respect to Schoolboy Q but credit must be giving on this one. I also hear a visual is in the works for this record as well ........ Enjoy.

Audio: Kool Keith - "Weelchair Beast" (@Junkadelic @UltraMan7000)

Audio: Kool Keith - "Weelchair Beast"

Courtesy Junkadelic.

"Kool Keith demonstrates (...) that he's still comfortable rhyming about stuff almost every other rapper wouldn’t even think of." (Egotrip)

Video: @JesseMedina @SirMichaelRocks & Anya Kvitka "Riddims 2.0"

Video: Jesse Medina f/ Sir Michael Rocks & Anya Kvitka "Riddims 2.0"

Courtesy Matt B.

Jesse Medina’s “Meet Jesse Medina” was released on 4-1-14 and includes collaborations with Ab-Soul and Sir Michael Rocks (“Riddims 2.0”), Scoe & Nottz and production from Jake One and Nottz (3 tracks) and fellow Bay Area brethren Dan The Automater.

Editorial: Boondocks Season 4 - The Stone the Builder Refused

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon:

Like many of you reading this editorial, I was initially excited by the announcement that The Boondocks was coming back for a fourth season. I was an avid reader of Aaron McGruder's witty, satirical, political and provocative cartoon from the 1990's until it ceased publication. Dating back to before it was even syndicated to newspapers nationally I'd go to Okayplayer to get my fix. McGruder figuratively and literally draws inspiration from the same extremes that make up the diaspora of hip-hop music and culture: Huey Freeman reflecting the political views of The Coup and Immortal Technique, while younger brother Riley has the thugged out tendencies of Jeezy and N.O.R.E.

[The Boondocks]The fun of course is that the cartoon strip reveals that the Freemans are not nearly this one-dimensional. Huey is more of a struggling young adult trying to find his way in the world than the political anarchist he believes himself to be, and Riley tries hard to hide that deep down he's sensitive and emotional - judging others on a scale of manhood he winds up falling short of if applied as rigorously to him.

The interactions with their Granddad and the suburban neighborhood they moved to is the premise that both defines the strip and creates the comedy that fueled its popularity and led to the television show for [adult swim] based on said same. None of this works without the driving creative force of McGruder behind it. There is often a very thin line between McGruder's own views and those of his creations, and when he stepped over it to criticize BET or whatever POTUS was in office at the time, strips didn't make it to syndication and episodes of the show wound up not airing. Far from hurting the popularity of The Boondocks, the censorship of controversial content helps fuel its cult status, and established McGruder as a pundit unafraid to piss off both the political left and right in equal measure.

That's why it was rather shocking to find out the fourth season of the TV show was proceeding without Aaron McGruder. To put it into perspective, imagine that De La Soul put out a brand new album - and only after buying it did you learn that Kelvin Mercer (Pos a/k/a Plug One), David Jolicoeur (Trugoy a/k/a Plug Two) and Vincent Mason (Maseo a/k/a Plug Three) are ALL not involved. You'd be pissed the f#%$ off RIGHT?! That's NOT De La Soul. They can call it De La Soul, they can market it as De La Soul, but in reality it's just three men who find themselves in the uncomfortable position of being paid to fill in a role the originators either CAN'T or WON'T willingly take part in any more. McGruder explains it this way:

[Granddad]"What has never been lost on me is the enormous responsibility that came with The Boondocks - particularly the television show and it's relatively young audience. It was important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons. For three seasons I personally navigated this show through the minefields of controversy. It was not perfect. And it definitely was not quick. But it was always done with a keen sense of duty, history, culture, and love. Anything less would have been simply unacceptable. As for me, I'm finally putting a life of controversy and troublemaking behind me with my upcoming Adult Swim show, BLACK JESUS."

It seems that Aaron McGruder and Time Warner (the parent of Turner Broadcasting, in turn the parent of Cartoon Network, subsequently the broadcaster of [adult swim] on CN) have not completely parted ways if BLACK JESUS comes to fruition. The legitimacy of a fourth season of The Boondocks without Aaron McGruder as the creative force behind it though deserves more scrutiny than it has thus far received. I'd be in favor of not even calling it The Boondocks any more - at least the version of it that we see on TV. "The Adventures of Huey, Riley and Granddad" might be more fitting. What's deceptive to the TV viewer is that it doesn't seem to have really changed at all - the characters are still drawn the same way and the voice actors (Regina King and John Witherspoon) are the same. Other than people reading this editorial many viewers may never realize this is no longer Aaron McGruder's show.

Should you still watch and enjoy The Boondocks for its fourth (and perhaps mercifully) final season? That's not for me to say. I'd argue that you should buy books like "A Right to Be Hostile: The Boondocks Treasury," but I'm willing to suspect McGruder doesn't get his fair share of royalties from print compilations of his work either. Perhaps in the end he does benefit from season four though. Even if he's not writing it or creating it he still has to be paid a license FOR it - I hope. As I learned 15 or more years ago when I had a conversation with him, promises of payment from the purveyors of your product are only as reliable as the paper they're printed on. He was wiser than me back then and undoubtedly still is today. I can only hope that whatever the situation is that led to The Boondocks continuing on TV without him, he's comfortable with them taking his vision in a new direction - and I won't be surprised if he ends up lampooning it somewhere.
The Adam Bernard Experience #75 - Drowning in Dopeness

Adam: "Did I ever think this podcast would run for 75 episodes? Honestly, it didn't even cross my mind. When I start on something like this I just keep going. It's how I've had columns that have lasted three, four, even five years, without me noticing how much time has passed until I've decided it's time to move on to the next thing. The good news when it comes to this podcast is I'm nowhere near ready to move on from brining you the best in indie hip-hop every month (or so). This month I have a nice combination of new tracks, and some classics from old favorites, so kick back and enjoy! Follow me on Twitter at @AdamsWorldBlog or hit me up with feedback at" The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and FREE so tell your friends to download ABX right here at!

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* PremRock - Supreme
* C-Zar Van Gogh - That's Me In The Rental
* CookBook & Blue w/ Pigeon John - Popeye
* Bryant Dope - Worth
* Ankhle Conscious - Drownin
* Toussaint Morrison - Walk Thru The Wall
* Louis Logic - Chip Off The Old Blog
* Kev Sez - First Attempt at a Second Chance
* iLLspokinn w/ Annekei - Home
* Tah Phrum Duh Bush - Butterfly Vertigo
* Joey Batts - Grown Man Shakey
* Kalil Johnson w/ Top $ Raz - Dropkick

Video: E. Grizzly "Bag Check" (@egrizzlycave)

Video: E. Grizzly "Bag Check"

Courtesy JB.

A-Ha! Records artist E. Grizzly teams up again with PKG Studios to release the new music video "Bag Check". This is E. Grizzly's 4th installment to his hip hop video series "Generation A". To view the video, click the link below. E. Grizzly's video series will include the last three mixes he released. "Bag Check" is off "The NAH Mixtape" which is a mix produced by punk bands NAH and 1994!

The Hip-Hop Shop #267 - R.I.P. Grandma Punk

It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #267 is the first show I've recorded for this site since Grandma Punk passed away. We've got new music from Mr. Miranda, AWKWORD, Pawz One and Skyzoo among others. Feel free to share this show and remember - you can follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new show when it's released each Tuesday!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Mr. Miranda f/ DJ J20, Huni - Strong or the Weak
* MaRLo - Angels Pt. II
* AWKWORD - Brighter
* Black One - Bulletproof
* Shawn Archer - She Gotta
* Marvelous Mag f/ Skyzoo - Still Alive
* Pawz One f/ Corbin Jackson, SK - Don't Believe It
* Qualmes - Left Well Alone
* Jamall Bufford - Travel Light (Instrumental)

Audio: @Bigg_Kash "The Ventilation" (prod. @Sultan617)

Audio: Bigg Kash "The Ventilation" (prod. WMS The Sultan)

Courtesy WMS.

What's up just checking in with a new record!

Humbl Beast: Propaganda, Posters, Performances and a Park

Humbl Beast: Propaganda, Posters, Performances and a Park

Courtesy HBR.

Pre-order "Crimson Cord" - Physical CD

• Digipack - Uncoated paper! Inside & Outside of the digipack.
• Folder - Uncoated paper. 8-page rollfold (4 pages on each side).
• Disc - 2-color disc. Black matte varnish.

Crimson Cord Posters

Limited Edition 3 Color Screen Printed Poster.

Designed by our good friends Invisible Creature

Dimentions: 19 x 25 Inches
Color 1: PMS7475 (Blue)
Color 2: Black
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Printed on French Paper:
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VIDEO - [Crimson Cord]

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Audio: Army Of The Pharaohs - "God Particle" (@jmthiphop @ApathyDGZ)

Audio: Army Of The Pharaohs - "God Particle"

Courtesy Matt B.

Army of the Pharaohs teamed up with the talented “Live from the Streets” team (Mr. Green & Sam Lipman-Stern) to give there new “God Particle” single a unique “Live from the Streets” remix treatment.

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