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Video: @JulianRothchild - "And You Know It"

Video: Julian Rothchild - "And You Know It"

J.R.: I am submitting my latest music video for my single "And You Know It" produced by BoomClap. This is the first visual off my upcoming EP "ROTHCHILD" that comes out in May.

Video: @BabyFaceMonster @P1_Rap @avenueem - "All I Ever Had"

Video: Babyface Monster f/ P1, Def-D - "All I Ever Had"

Carl: Chicago, IL
Video: Babyface Monster - All I Ever Had ft. P1 and Def-D
Produced by: P1
Shot by: Emvi
Edited by: KSBlissMedia

Audio: @IStillLoveHER - The Show 02/15

Audio: I Still Love H.E.R. - The Show 02/15

Wanja: Featuring Fashawn, Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$, Big Sean, Action Bronson, Kendrick Lamar, Drake and more.

I Still Love H.E.R. - The Show 02/15 by Wanja @ Istillloveher.De on Mixcloud

The (W)rap Up - Week of February 24, 2015

If you missed any of the new reviews this past week including Big Sean's "Dark Sky Paradise" then do yourself a favor and check out this week's edition of the (W)rap Up!

[Dark Sky Paradise] Big Sean :: Dark Sky Paradise
GOOD Music/Def Jam

Author: Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania

"It's lonely being a Big Sean fan. Sure, he makes occasional ignorant hit records for the masses; but he's a particularly deep MC when the mood takes him ("One Man Can Change the World"), one that can blend intense wordplay ("Dark Sky"), strong virtues and genuine innovation. His mixtapes are usually excellent, his albums traditionally solid but disappointing. In my review of "Hall of Fame" (parts of which I adored), I couldn't hide my disappointment due to the build up being somewhat overhyped, and the absence of tracks that never made the album due to various reasons. This time, he's dialed down the hyperbole and delivered a smash single ("I Don't Fuck With You"), and once again, "Dark Sky Paradise" is an apparent step in the right direction. But even though Sean is clearly building up an impressive body of work, it's a frustrating mix of brilliant moments with questionable decisions. Can he reach his intended audience? After your first spin of DSP, you'd be forgiven for thinking it may have been slightly rushed out to capitalize on the success of "I Don't Fuck With You". Whilst there are many technically impressive beats on the album, few genuinely grab you - it's an example of consistency being a hindrance (and I'd argue only 4 or 5 tracks musically deliver the goods - the aforementioned "IDFWY", the sublime Mike WiLL Made-It grime joint "Paradise", another DJ Mustard selection called "I Know" and the soulful "Outro"). Something like "Blessings" is a good example of a technically proficient beat laying a solid foundation for Sean and Drake to go over, but not boosting it to the next level (somewhat like Nicki Minaj's "Only"). The second half of the album is feels flat - it drags somewhat, and doesn't lend itself to repeated listens - and this is mainly due to beats like "Win Some, Lose Some" combining with average choruses. Even the grand finale of "One Man Can Change the World" suffers from similar ailments."

Chief Keef :: Sorry 4 the Weight :: Glo Gang/DatPiff 
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

[Sorry 4 the Weight]"Keith "Chief Keef" Cozart has been through more shit in his 19 years than most people go through in a lifetime. He grew up in the Chicago's chaotic and violent Southside, aka ChiRaq. In just the past two years two of his relatives have been shot and killed. Keef seems to spend as much time in front of a judge and in the studio for reasons both serious (pointing a loaded gun at cops) and bullshit (smoking marijuana). He became the poster boy for Chicago's drill scene, getting mainstream attention for his 2012 major label debut "Finally Rich." When he wasn't able to translate his street buzz into album sales, Interscope let him go. Getting dropped from Interscope hasn't slowed him down, it seems. He's released several mixtapes in the past twelve months, and has spent the last few months building a guest house next to his mansion. He's set to release his follow up to "Finally Rich" any day now, and in the meantime has released "Sorry 4 the Weight." The title references Lil Wayne's most recent mixtape. Like Lil Wayne, Keef is disillusioned with the major label system, and he's also been getting increasingly weirder on his mixtapes. Keef being wierd is still Keef, and he never approaches the alien genius of Lil Wayne in his prime. Weird Keef means having comic Andy Molinakis be the only feature on the tape, and having numerous spoken ad-libs where he rambles inarticulately about his city, his mansion, or what Glo Gang means. Keef raps about four things, in this order: making money, how he doesn't got time for women, getting high, and taking out people that cross him. That's the entire subject matter of "Sorry 4 the Weight." He keeps things straight forward and simple."

Demrick & Cali Cleve :: Losing Focus :: Battle Axe Records 
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Losing Focus]"If the name seems familiar and you're having trouble placing it here's a hint - Demrick (a/k/a Young De) was one third of the supergroup Serial Killers along with B-Real (Cypress Hill) and Xzibit. You might have expected a West coast affiliated, Los Angeles based artist like that to sign with an imprint from the area, but in a surprising power play Madchild swooped in and made him a part of the Battle Axe Records roster. Not surprisingly his first tour to support the release of "Losing Focus" took him all over Canada through the month of January (which is my idea of torture - touring the frozen North in the coldest month of the entire year) before returning to the friendly confines of the U.S. for the official drop date. Who exactly is Demrick though? To hear him tell it in the press release accompanying the album, "I wanted to give my fans a look into how I live. If you watch close, you will see me light up a large amount of joints." It's certainly not surprising that B-Real or Xzibit considered him a kindred spirit, and if getting smoked out is what you're all about, you're definitely going to be into "She Changed." She who? Mary Jane. Of course Mary isn't the only way Demrick wants to get high - on "Skyscraper" featuring King Chip and Logic he also wants to LIVE on that "skyscraper paper" with "a swimming pool in my backyard." He admits "he's a thousandaire trying to get there" but the aspirational rap shows Demrick has the desire to be staying high in the air in that luxury penthouse."

Ecid :: Pheromone Heavy :: Fill in the Breaks 
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Pheromone Heavy]"I spent a half hour pondering how to describe Ecid to listeners who had never heard his music before, and what I ultimately realized is that Ecid puts me in the same headspace I inhabited in college. There are rappers I listened to 20 years ago that immediately gave me the feeling "This is TOO RAW for mainstream. It's too dirty, it's too smart, it's too unorthodox, it's too antiestablishment. This won't make sense to anybody else. It just can't. He/she/they are too far out there even for the incredibly open and unrestricted boundaries of hip-hop. Everybody's going to hate this. I'll f#%! with it though - this weird s#%! is cool." Self-satisfied in my holier-than-thou hypocrisy, I'd swig my 40 ounce bottle and drift into a stupor as the room spun around me, convinced I had passed beyond the limits of music and reached a higher plane of existence. The next morning I'd wake up with a pounding headache and a needle skipping off the label at the center of a record, wondering what the hell I had been listening to and why I thought getting my synapses smashed to atoms would make it make sense. I'd grab a Coke from the fridge (no coffee for me in those days) and try to piece the fragments of my brain back together to figure out if I had a class that morning and whether or not I was late for it. In the harsh light of day some of those "brilliant" albums wouldn't stand up to scrutiny - the noise I previously thought was so next level that it was genius turned out to be all sound and fury that was signifying nothing. Some passed the acid test though. Company Flow didn't get worse sober - it got better - and when my head stopped pounding it started nodding infectiously to the beats and the rhymes."

The Essence :: The Essence :: Bandcamp 
as reviewed by Sy Shackleford

[The Essence]"Being a hip-hop artist from the South can be either a burden or a boon. Because of Southern hip-hop's dominance on MTV, BET, night clubs and radio stations, causal listeners will become so enamored, so dependent on it that they refuse to give anything else a chance. If the music is filled with trap beats and simple synths, those listeners are completely with it. With few limited exceptions (T.I. and Lil' Wayne), the lyrics over these beats are mostly simplistic and misogynistic to such an extent that perceptible listeners wonder how and why people don't take the time to actually think about what they're putting into their ears. It's like the casual listeners have a hip-hop variation of Stockholm Syndrome that works to the benefit of only those for whom those listeners have been captured by. And then you have anomalies, the ones who stand out, in Southern hip-hop: The OutKasts, the Little Brothers, the CunninLynguists, the Goodie Mobs, et. al. They've all foregone the conventions of mainstream Southern hip-hop and, though finding success to varying degrees, are still met with a barrage of backhanded compliments ("You rap pretty good...for a Southern rapper", for example). I can't count the number of times I've heard acts like these decried for using sampled beats instead of trap beats and for having a diction exponentially greater than that of a third grader. The New Orleans rap duo The Essence (emcee J-Dubble and DJ/producer Rik Ducci) fall into this category for certain."

Nutso :: Divided Soul EP :: #NoLabelJustUS 
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Divided Soul EP]"I offer the following disclaimer to open the review - I can't confirm if the Nutso that I'm reviewing here is the same one that Grant Jones dogged hard on his "In the Cut" review back in 2013. I suspect that it might be, but from the embedded clip in Grant's review, the artist he featured sounds different from the one on the "Divided Soul" EP I'm listening to right now. No - this Nutso reminds me of the one we've been sent miscellaneous tracks of over the last year or so - like this joint with Sadat X. It's also possible that he's the same and his voice has just been aging. I really can't call it, but I do know this much - I'm not hearing the same rapper that Jones described as "no character, few hot lines and even fewer examples of dope rhyming." That doesn't fit the emcee that I hear on the opening track "Unda Ground," who sounds pissed off and provoked. "Break at night, doin music, bout to lose my lady yo/Poverty's a bitch man, middle finger up!/To Bloomberg and them white collar crooks, I'm on a Riker's bus." This is a hungry emcee looking to get his slice of the American pie, unhappy with his lot in life, using a Divided Souls Ententertainment/DJ Pain 1 beat to express all the stress that he feels."
Rediculus 'In Response: Dee Fi' (Platformz Music) #Album @Rediculus @PlatformzMusic @ParkStreetPR

Rediculus 'In Response: Dee Fi' (Platformz Music)

PR: Chicago’s very own Rediculus is excited to the release of his next project, In Response: Dee-Fi. The album will feature 15 tracks all produced by the beatsmith, who is getting reintroduced to the world of music after taking a year long hiatus. In Response showcases the creative endeavors of Rediculus’ growth as an artist and will be available for free download on February 23rd, via, while a deluxe edition version that will include instrumental passes of all the songs will be available through Bandcamp for $5.

Video: Jise f/ Freestyle - "F@ll" (@jiseone2 @CJMHipHop)

Video: Jise f/ Freestyle - "F@ll"

CJM: Jise - F@ll ft. Freestyle
Music Video

Video: @OnlyChrisRivers f/ Whispers - "The Statement 2.0" (@PRDean)

Video: Chris Rivers f/ Whispers - "The Statement 2.0"

Dean: Chris Rivers Feat. Whispers "The Statement 2.0"
Produced By: Khardier Da God

Video: @ToryLanez - "Henny In Hand" (@Biz3)

Video: Tory Lanez - "Henny In Hand"

Biz3: Tory Lanez brings forth his cinematic new video for the standout track "Henny in Hand" from his 2014 mixtape, 'Lost Cause.' The video features a dramatic storyline that starts in the club with Tory on sidelines witnessing the plot unfold between a man picking up an attractive stripper and gives way to a major twist at the end. Wait for it.

Audio: @CannibalOx - "Blade of the Ronin" (In Stores March 3rd)

Audio: Cannibal Ox - "Blade of the Ronin" (In Stores March 3rd)

Matt: To celebrate the release of Blade of the Ronin, Cannibal Ox will hold a release party at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City on Monday, March 2nd. The concert will also feature performances from GZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Freeway and G-Jet. The release party is hosted by Rob Markman (MTV, Sway in the Morning) and will have a Brooklyn Lager open bar from 8pm to 10pm. Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm. Tickets are just $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The event is ages 18+.

Video: @ActionBronson - "Actin Crazy" (@Biz3)

Video: Action Bronson - "Actin Crazy"

Biz3: Bronsolino is known for his work ethic. With countless guest features, music videos, mixtapes, drugs to smoke and now his major label debut Mr. Wonderful he's one of the hardest working rappers out there. That ethic is prominently displayed in this new Sydrome directed video for "Actin Crazy" prod. by Noah "40" Shebib where he puts in work on the green screen amongst a slew of scenarios.

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