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Video: @Yelawolf Interview in Alaska

Video: Yelawolf Interview in Alaska

Crude: An Exclusive Video Interview (Part 1) with Hip Hop Artist Yelawolf during his recent visit to Alaska.

KMD (MF Doom's Original Group) - Bl_ck B_st_rds - Deluxe Double CD

KMD (MF Doom's Original Group) - Bl_ck B_st_rds - Deluxe Double CD

R&S: Artist: KMD
Title: Bl_ck B_st_rds
Label: Traffic Ent/Get On Down

MF Doom's original group KMD

Bl_ck B_st_rds track list:

Garbage Day #3
What A Nigga Know?
Sweet Premium Wine
Plumskinzz. (Loose Hoe, God & Cupid)
Smokin' That S*#%
Contact Blitt
Black Bastards!
It Sounded Like A Roc
Plumskinzz. (Oh No I Don't Believe It!)
Constipated Monkey
F*@# Wit' Ya Head
Suspended Animation

The words “lost classic” get thrown around from time to time, but KMD's sophomore album, Black Bastards, truly fits the bill. Originally scheduled for release in the spring of 1994, Elektra Records unceremoniously shelved it at the eleventh hour due to controversy over the provocative cover art. Surviving group member MF Doom (then known as Zev Love X) – as fans know, his younger brother Subroc was killed in 1993 – tried to release the album on other labels, but met more dead ends. Sadly, it languished in hip-hop purgatory until six years later. Even then, the album had only a limited release via small indie labels.

Beyond the fact that the controversy surrounding the cover – featuring the group's long-standing mascot being hanged by a makeshift gallows – was unfair, the group's fans being denied access to this album only compounded the injustice. Because musically and lyrically, it was a truly amazing record, full of youthful creativity, tinged with the stress of growing up as Black men in urban America. Unlike on the group's 1991 debut, Mr. Hood, Subroc had fully come into his own as both a producer and an MC on Black Bastards, and his untimely death made the album's shelving that much more tragic.

Heavily infuenced by the mind-bending spoken word album Blue Guerrilla by Gylan Kain (from 1970), songs like “What A Nigga Know” (the only single released on the album), the slippery, bass-driven “Get U Now” and the album's title track explore black consciousness viewed through young-but-experienced eyes. Musically alternating between bouncy and raw – many times both concurrently – the tracks gave both MCs the springboard they needed to express themselves clearly, whether on the catchy, more lighthearted “Sweet Premium Wine,” the psychedelic, abstract “Suspended Animation” or the intricate mash-up of television samples heard on the instrumental “Garbage Day #3.”
Video: @Oddisee - "Belong to the World" (@MelloMusicGroup)

Video: Oddisee - "Belong to the World"

MMG: It's been a couple months since the sophomore solo release from rapper/producer Oddisee, and he's returned with an elaboration on his autobiogrpahical concept. In his new record "The Good Fight" Oddisee expands on ideas of social insulation, needs, wants, alienation, success, failure and life as a cross-cultural artist.

Video: Horseshoe Gang Destroys Sway In The Morning & "5 Fingers of Death" Freestyle!

Video: Horseshoe Gang Destroys Sway In The Morning & "5 Fingers of Death" Freestyle!

Mike: If you loved Logic, King Los & Arsonal's "5 Fingers of Death" freestyle on Sway in the Morning, then you HAVE to check out Horseshoe Gang's!

Video: DJ Chose f/ MC Beezy - "Everywhere I Go"

Video: DJ Chose f/ MC Beezy - "Everywhere I Go"

(C) 2015 Think Its A Game / Brook Gang

Video: @MainAttrakionz - "Cycles" (@AudibleTreats)

Video: Main Attrakionz - "Cycles"

A.T.: Oakland hip hop duo Main Attrakionz release the visuals to Friendzone-produced single, "Cycles," from their recently released album, 808s & Dark Grapes III. The video, directed by Paper Son Films, follows the two cloud rap pioneers through several scenes of performances while a dimmed slide show with photos from their career plays in the background.

Video: Kydd Jones - "Patience" (@KyddJones)

Video: Kydd Jones - "Patience"

All Def: Austin-based rapper/producer Kydd Jones releases his new music video "Patience," premiered on Russell Simmon's All Def Digital. The song will be featured on Kydd's album "GR33D" due August 2015 which will feature Kirko Bangz, Tory Lanez and more.

Video: @Doomtree - "Generator" (@DessaDarling)

Video: Doomtree - "Generator"

Big Hassle: Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree has revealed their video for "Generator" from their recent full-length All Hands, out now on Doomtree Records. The James Gundersen-directed video premiered via AV Club, who called it "a bombastic call to arms that also showcases the group's pop-culture acumen... the video features the members of Doomtree taking to the streets of their native Minneapolis, cutting imposing portraits against the desolation of a Midwestern winter.

Tour dates:

8/29 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO (Riot Fest Afterparty)
8/30 - Riot Fest - Denver, CO
9/13 - Riot Fest - Chicago, IL
9/17-9/20 - Rifflandia Festival - Victoria, BC

9/19-9/20 - Riot Fest - Toronto, ON
9/23 - Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA
9/24 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY
9/25 - The State Theatre - Portland, ME
9/26 - Boston Calling Festival - Boston, MA
9/27 - Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
10/3 - ??????????? - St. Paul, MN
10/14 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA #
10/15 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR #
10/16 - Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA #
10/17 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA #
11/6-11/8 - Fun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX

# - w/ Astronautalis
Video: @TraeABN @1Future @BoosieOfficial - "Tricken Every Car I Get"

Video: Trae Tha Truth f/ Future, Lil Boosie - "Tricken Every Car I Get"

A.T.: Following Release of Star-Studded Album, the Houston Legend Calls on Two of Trap Music's Best to Release Aggressive Visuals.

Video: @Migos Perform "Handsome & Wealthy" With Orchestra (@Biz3)

Video: Migos Perform "Handsome & Wealthy" With Orchestra

Biz 3: Watch Migos perform "Handsome & Wealthy" with a full orchestra as part of their "Trap Symphony" series with AudiomackLive below. Their debut album Yung Rich Nation drops this Friday, July 31st, via Quality Control.

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