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Video: Local-Mu12 - "I Like It" (@stryfed @Rpeezy1465 @Sonray1 @RealMckoymusic @LoyaltyDigital @macmediapromo)

Video: Local-Mu12 - "I Like It"

Courtesy Matt B.

Fokis & Loyalty Digital Corp are back with the debut video for Local-Mu12 entitled “I Like It” from the collective’s upcoming LP Labor Day which will be released this fall. “I Like It” is produced by Real Mckoy and features Stryfe, RP, Son-Ray & Fokis going bar for bar.

Video: @ZedZilla1 Surprises "Pay My Rent" Contest Winner

Video: Zed Zilla Surprises "Pay My Rent" Contest Winner

Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.

CMG's Zed Zilla made a lucky fan very happy last week as he surprised her with a rent check! The Memphis rapper ran the "Pay My Rent" contest on his site upon the release of his Rent's Due 2 mixtape, and received a number of touching stories from deserving people.

In the end, the winner was a young mother of two, who turned out to be right there in his hometown - so it was only natural for Zed Zilla to hand-deliver the check to her! Watch as the surprise turns into a joyous, tearful greeting!

MP3: Esko - "Against the Law" prod. J-Kits (@BallinPR)

MP3: Esko - "Against the Law" (prod. J-Kits)

Courtesy Nik @ Ballin PR.

Raised in New Jersey but residing in Los Angeles, CA, emcee Esko has completed his sophomore LP, The Seed, a 10-song album where he relates his life story to the metaphor of a seed that’s fallen from a tree and is forced to rebuild from nothing.

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"The seed has to grow towards the light," explains Esko. Production on **The Seed** is shared by North Carolina beat maker Sean Lane (worked with Eyezon and J Ross Parelli), along with Q-Smith, CAV3, and J-Kits.

The last decade has been a tumultuous one for Esko, and The Seed is a testament to the growth that resulted from the chaos.  Drawing inspiration from acts like Gnarls Barkley, Pink Floyd, Andre 3000, Lupe Fiasco, and Portishead, Esko documents the events in North Carolina that preceded the westward move with raw emotion, introspective lyrics and creative delivery.

Video: @DSisive - "..If Everyday Was Halloween" (@URBNET)

Video: D-Sisive - "..If Everyday Was Halloween"

Courtesy URBNET.

If Everyday Was Halloween is a short documentary encompassing the music and writings of Derek Christoff [aka D-Sisive], juxtaposed with visuals from Collingwood, Ontario's Elvis Festival. In addition to D-Sisive's music, from the now available Asian Elvis [mixtape], the piece is scored using the beautifully haunting ballad, 'Words', recorded by Minnesota's Low.

MP3: Joey Bada$$ - "Waves" (@joeyBADASS_)

MP3: Joey Bada$$ - "Waves"

Courtesy Sony Red.

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Video: CNN Covers @CrazyLegsRSC Final Battles at RSC35

Video: CNN Covers Crazy Legs Final Battles at RSC35

Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.

CNN was on-site at the Rock Steady Crew 35th Anniversary as legendary Bboy and RSC president Crazy Legs ripped through his final battles with a flurry of hand-picked competitors!  Watch the full report with footage of the battles and emotional interviews below, which aired on CNN on Friday, August 10.

Mixtape: @MachineGunKelly - "EST 4 Life"

Mixtape: MGK - "EST 4 Life"

Courtesy Chris @ E1.

Download MGK's new mixtape EST 4 Life HERE - .

Audio: Metabeats ft. @ActionBronson - "Hookers"

Audio: Metabeats ft. Action Bronson - "Hookers"

Courtesy Nora Ritchie.

One of New York's finest, Action Bronson, and one of the UK's leading producers, Metabeats, have teamed up for the new track "Hookers." "Hookers" is the 1st single from Metabeats' highly anticipated second LP Caviar Crackle. After debuting on FADER last week, the track is now available today for download on iTunes.

Metabeats' upcoming LP Caviar Crackle will feature one of the UK's finest producers with a hand-picked list of emcees and musicians including Action Bronson, Oddisee, Quelle, P.L.O., and more. Caviar Cackle will be released via UK's leading hip-hop label Associated Minds.

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Video: @FollowMyFresh f/ @BeingSPOT - "Better 2day"

Video: Rob Fresh f/ SPOT - "Better 2day" (dir. Ant Lava)

Courtesy FRESH.

Rob Fresh releases his third video, Better 2day ft. SPOT, off his "Who I Am" EP. With Ant Lava behind the lens, the song's uplifting message is accompanied by a visual journey through the experiences that made Rob Fresh the artist he is today.

The Hip-Hop Shop #186 - Crazy Heart From Here to Brazil

It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #186 is Crazy Heart From Here to Brazil. Your host Steve 'Flash' Juon brings you hot tracks from Madchild, 40Love, Maimouna Youssef and more! Send feedback to @RapReviews on this episode! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed and follow us on Twitter so you never miss a new episode.

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Tracks featured this week:

* Madchild - Crazy Heart Print
* Crook Firm f/ XL (Kreators) - To the End
* Maimouna Youssef a/k/a Mumu Fresh - Meet Me in Brazil
* 40Love f/ Headnodic - I'll Take Care of You
* Nefew x Shakes x D.M.P. x Nottz - In Store for Us
* Esko - Against the Law

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