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Video: Custom Made - Hi-Def Exclusive Album Preview

From Aaron Umanoff:

Video: Custom Made - Hi-Def Exclusive Album Preview

Custom Made will be releasing their new LP, "Hi-Def" November 9th on Custom Made Recordings/Coalmine Records.  "Hi-Def" is the group's newest album since 2008's "Original Dynasty" on Babygrande Records. Watch an exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of "Hi-Def" below.

MP3: Von Pea - "Good Life" + Album Release

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Von Pea - "Good Life" + Album Release

Pea's Gotta Have It Drops Today Along With New Single

The Song:

With Von Pea's debut solo record, Pea's Gotta Have It, dropping today and the Audible Treats CMJ Showcase with legendary fellow New Yorker Black Sheep on Thursday, it's easy to see that Von's living the "Good Life," which is also his appropriately named newest single.

With a soulful beat reminiscient of J. Dilla, this chorusless banger rides upon a catchy vintage sample that croons "Don't give up the good life." The Tanya Morgan emcee showcases his skillful delivery and lets his personality shine through on the whole track. Some of the lyrics come directly from the writings of the rapper's high school journal and include sentiments that have taken on a different tone as time has passed. "The track is based on the idea that I'd be 'the man' by 22 and get the girls I wanted at the time (I decided to keep the real names of the girls from back then)," says Von. "These aspirations seem so silly looking back at them and knowing how serious I was." Even if Von Pea's priorities have changed, it's safe to say that this same seriousness has carried over, only to musicianship.

Listen to "Good Life" here: .

Listen to the Pea's Gotta Have It EP here: .

The Background:

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Von Pea has been emceeing since 1991 and producing since 2000. Initially attracted to hip-hop by the likes of Another Bad Creation and many other young rappers that were near his own age, Von would eventually shift his interest to those who would become his strongest influences – A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, and Biggie. In 2002 Von Pea began an alliance with the original members of North Carolina rap group Little Brother (Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, and 9th Wonder) which lead him to being featured on such projects as Phonte and Nicolay’s Foreign Exchange Connected album (“Von Sees”), and Little Brother’s The Minstrel Show (“Cheatin” interlude). In addition to his group’s music, Von has released acclaimed projects such as 2003’s“Custom Fitted, 2007’s Grand Vonye, and his late 2007 remix project American Angster which has been considered one of the best of the Jay Z remix albums. Von Pea is also a member of the rap group Tanya Morgan. Von Pea's latest solo album, Pea's Gotta Have it, is available now.

Video: John Robinson w/ Brand Nubian, Lord Finesse & More

From John Robinson:

Video: John Robinson w/ Brand Nubian, Lord Finesse & More

Video: Joell Ortiz "The Freedom Trail" Webisode 1

From Chris at E1 Music:

Video: Joell Ortiz "The Freedom Trail" Webisode 1

Week 1 in Joell Ortiz x OnSMASH new webisode's The Freedom Trail coming to you weekly.

Video: Yo Gotti - "Live in the Kitchen"

From DJ Smallz:

Video: Yo Gotti - "Live in the Kitchen"

Yo Gotti "Live In The Kitchen" Update from DJ Smallz.

J.Period & Black Thought "Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)" EP

From J. Period:

J.Period & Black Thought "Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)" EP

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Truelements + Lyrics to Go present the “J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP — a first-of-its-kind J.Period mixtape RECORDEDLIVE ONSTAGE at Toronto’s premiere hip hop festival, The Manifesto, Sept. 26, 2010. Starring legendary MC Black Thought (The Roots), the“J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP features a 30-minute barrage of LIVE J.Period remixes with Black Thought ripping rhymes over new and classic hip hop hits, Roots fan favorites, plus a finale segment where Thought pays tribute to his favorite MCs by impersonatingthem (see: The Roots’ “Boom”).
Available for FREE DOWNLOAD TODAY at:, the “J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP offers fans a glimpse of the Live Mixtape experience and showcases one of hip hop’s ultimate emcees over beats from Jay-Z, Biggie, Snoop, Damien Marley, Toronto’s own Drake, and more!
Also featured in the download pack is an EXCLUSIVE, BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO produced by The Manifesto, featuring interviews with Black Thought & J.Period, plus stunning HD footage of the “Live Mixtape” in action.

MP3: Kyle Rapps feat. Planet Asia - "Hand Over Fist"

From Coalmine Records:

MP3: Kyle Rapps feat. Planet Asia - "Hand Over Fist"

Kyle Rapps feat. Planet Asia - "Hand Over Fist" (prod. by Belief) by Diamond Music Group

Kyle Rapps has been relentless with his single game, this time dropping a Belief produced banger titled "Hand Over Fist" featuring Fresno's Planet Asia a/k/a King Medallions.  Get your money straight..peep game!!



MP3: Soul Khan feat. Akie Bermiss - "Fahrenheit"

From J57:

MP3: Soul Khan feat. Akie Bermiss - "Fahrenheit"

This is the 2nd leak from Soul Khan's "Soul Like Khan" project, which drops November 16th.

Expect a video for this song next week.

Soul Khan "Fahrenheit" featuring Akie Bermiss
Produced by Marink

Thanks and much respect!

MP3: Verse Simmonds feat. Vado & Jae Millz - Keep It Poppin

From DJ Smallz:

MP3: Verse Simmonds feat. Vado &  Jae Millz - Keep It Poppin





Subways and Sidewalks #5 - S&S Eyedea Tribute

RapReviews' podcast lineup now includes a show from Jeep Ward a/k/a DJ Halo called Subways & Sidewalks! This month's show is the S&S Eyedea Tribute which Ward describes like this: "Lots of treats in here; battle stuff, spoken word, remixes, it's all there." Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out all the shows on!

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