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DOOM (MF Doom) Gathers Unexpected Guests


From Gold Dust Media:

DOOM is one of the most original and uncompromising voices in hip-hop.  From his work in the 90’s with the seminal KMD to his legendary releases under a variety of aliases including MF Doom, Madvillain, King Geedorah, Viktor Vaughn, Dangerdoom & more, his prolific body of work has always valued artistic integrity and creativity over anything else.  As numerous and varied as his albums are, DOOM also has a thick catalog of guest appearances, remixes, non-album tracks, & vinyl only singles.  For the first time, Unexpected Guest presents many of these hard to find tracks as a mix CD, executed and overseen by the Super Villain himself.

With a list of co-conspirators which includes marquee level names such as Talib Kweli, Ghostface & GZA as well as underground heroes Vast Aire, CountBass D & Kurius, the music on this disc highlights DOOM’s ever-present trademark wit and taste for raw and ominous beats.  On “Trap Door,” he spits couplets like “No curse words / DOOM the worst church nerd verse heard” over a plucked bass and guitar line from producer Jake One that sounds like the funkiest spy movie soundtrack imaginable.  “Sniper Elite” sees the emcee united with the late J Dilla, and is one of the many tracks featured that has yet to see an official CD release.  The album will also feature a never before heard live version of DOOM's classic "I Hear Voices" from the Operation Doomsday album.

Peppered with his signature comic book dialogue and vintage sound clips, Unexpected Guests presents a treasure trove of DOOM obscurities which should shed light on material that even some hardcore fans may have missed.  It’s a frenetic, virtuosic look at a true hip-hop original.

Tracklist (Final tracks and running order TBA)
1. Get 'Er Done feat. DOOM - Jake One          
2. Fly That Knot feat. DOOM - Talib Kweli          
3. Sniper Elite feat. DOOM - Dilla Ghostface DOOM
4. Trap Door feat. DOOM - Jake One
5. Sorcerers feat. DOOM & Invizible Handz - John Robinson          
6. Da Supafriendz - Vast Aire
7. Quite Buttery - Count Bass D feat DOOM
8. ? - DOOM featuring Kurious
9. All Outta Ale - DOOM          
10. E.N.Y. House - Masta Killa
11. Bells of DOOM - DOOM
12. My Favorite Ladies - DOOM          
13. Street Corners (Remix) - Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck & GZA
 
For More Information, Check Out:
* http://www.doom-unexpectedguests.com/ *
* http://www.golddust-media.com *
* http://www.myspace.com/mfdoom *

New Tupac Shakur Release From WIDEawake Entertainment


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

13 Years After Rap Loses Star 2Pac Shakur, Death Row Fans Set To Hear Unreleased Recordings


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September 13, 2009 (New York, NY) -- 13 years ago today, on September 13th 1996, Hip-Hop lost it's most prominent icon and one of the greatest MC’s of all time, Tupac Amaru Shakur, who died from gunshot wounds suffered during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, his murder remains unsolved.

25-year-old Shakur helped elevate rap from a crude street fad to a complex art form, setting the stage for the current global hip-hop phenomenon. He left behind the biggest catalogue known to the history of music, with over 1000 unreleased recordings still yet to be heard by the general public. His label Death Row Records, owned by Marion "Suge" Knight, became a 300 million dollar company, whose catalogue includes recordings by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac.

The former powerhouse record label Death Row was on the auction block earlier this year, allowing canadian firm WIDEawake Entertainment Group to purchase the label from bankruptcy for $18 million in January (2009). It now plans what it says will be a "hugely profitable" business strategy for the company, built upon digital and mobile formats, synchronization licensing deals for television and film, and the issuing of previously unreleased material -- including songs by Shakur. WIDEawake have the rights to release 13 recordings by Shakur, chosen from a selection unreleased tracks.

Within months of acquiring the company's somewhat depreciated assets, Lara Lavi, current CEO of WIDEawake Death Row, has already initiated new releases from the label. Amidst praise and neighs alike, on September 1st the first album distributed was a reissue of Dr. Dre’s Chronic, called Chronic Re-Lit which included seven bonus tracks, letting listeners hear a few leftovers from their favourite inmates’ golden years.

WIDEawake Death Row Entertainment look set to continue releasing never before heard music from Death Row. Last week they revealed the track listing for an upcoming Snoop Doggy Dogg album entitled The Lost Sessions Vol. 1, an album that will consist of unreleased tracks from Snoop Dogg, recording during his time on Death Row.

Fans around the world can now log-on at www.deathrowwideawake.com, to discuss and vote for what unreleased recordings they would like to hear from the multi-million dollar catalog, which includes completed album projects from the likes of Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Tha Dogg Pound, Lady of Rage, Crooked I, and even MC Hammer.

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Website: WIDEawake Death Row Voting Booth
* http://www.deathrowwideawake.com *
Lowkey & Immortal Technique - Voice of the Voiceless


From 7Thirty Promo:

Lowkey and Immortal Technique - Voices Of The Voiceless

Voices of the Voiceless is the long awaited first collaboration between two of the world's most conscious recording artists, Lowkey and Immortal Technique.

Lowkey who hails from London is the fastest rising star in British urban music having racked up over 100 shows in 2009 so far as well as giving talks and lectures at political events around the world. The rapper/poet of mixed Arab and British descent has been dubbed as "one of the best lyricists in the Western Hemisphere" by Benjamin Zephaniah and has been wowing audiences as a solo artist as well as in the Indie/Hip Hop superband Mongrel (made up of members of the Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles and Reverend and the Makers) for which Lowkey is a lead vocalist.

Immortal Technique has been dominating in the independent music arena for the last 5 years with his last two albums (Revolutionary Volume 2 and Third World) selling in their 10,000s on his independent label Viper Records as well as him touring the world drawing huge crowds in all continents.

Both artists are known for their no holds barred political commentaries and supreme lyrical ability and this single is a testament to that with its eerie production a perfect match for the hauntingly poignant lyrics.

Watch YouTube Snippet at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edhiBd0jOYU .

Lowkey's Myspace page is www.myspace.com/lowkeyuk .

Free Music Friday: Liberty Day Edition


This edition of Free Music Friday is dedicated to those forever affected by the tragic event that occured eight years ago. 9/11 will be the day we'll always remember, not only to Americans, but to people around the world. The families and friends of all victims will continue to stay in our hearts and prayers as we learn to never take life and liberty for granted. Rest In Peace.

And now for the free music...

DJ Smallz & Evident :: Evident Da Mixtape Chapter One

[It's the SOUTHERN SMOKE a-brewing on the water! DJ Smallz hooks up with this Corpus Christi rapper name Evident (not to be confused with Evidence) to bring you "Evident Da Mixtape Chapter One."]

Tracklisting:
1. Fear Factor Intro (feat. DJ Smallz)
2. It's Evident
3. I Grind
4. Single Girl
5. Kiss Me
6. Rockin' Ruff
7. Blame It
8. Criminal
9. Chapter 1
10. Freedom
11. Just My Imagination
12. Sweat
13. In My Room
14. Mr. Late Night
15. Flirtacious
16. Party Animal
17. Into Me
18. It's an Evident Outro


DJ Sugga Black & Team Sunshine Distribution :: Gunshine Gangstas


Dj Sugga Black - Gunshine Gangsta's - A MonsterLeak Exclusive

[Coming straight from Florida, DJ Sugga Black is giving away many of the Miami Heat joints for y'all for free. Whether you're in Florida or Alaska, you'll easily recognize the blazing humidity of the M-I-Yayo music that might melt your speakers.]

Tracklisting:
1. Plies - Cheif
2. Mighty Mike - Ride Wit the Fire
3. Brisco - Gameroom
4. Trina - That's My Attitude
5. 21 Reese - Party Till Tommorow
6. Fella - Iz U Fuckin
7. Armstrong - Rollie Pollie
8. Trick Daddy - Ruby Red
9. Chill - Cokeboy, Weedboy
10. Lo Boy - Git Ghetto
11. Mike G - Stripper
12. Rick Ross f/ Mario and Young Breed - Breakup (Remix)
13. Swords - How Deep is Your Love
14. Flo Rida f/ Ne-Yo - Be On You
15. P.I. Bang - Trap Keep Jumpin
16. BENISOUR - Work Keep Moving
17. Iceberg - My Potna Dem
18. Black Dada f/ Rick Ross - Imma Zoe Remix
19. Brisco - Sliding
20. Papa Duck - Pat Dat Pussy



E.Ness & 9th Wonder :: In The W.ide W.orld Of W.rap




[If y'all don't remember who E. Ness is, you'll probably recognize him from D-A, B-A, N-DEEEEEEEEE! Yep, that's right, that Diddy group. Just when it seems E.Ness was going to go straight to the top, the airplane engine halted as it ended up crashing to the grounds below. That's okay though 'cause in the underground, he found the acclaimed producer 9th Wonder to help fulfull his hunger again in this free mixtape entitled "In The W.ide W.orld Of W.rap." It's a wrap!]

Tracklisting:
1. Floww (prod. by 9th Wonder)
2. Can't Do What I Did (prod. by 9th Wonder)
3. Temptation (prod. by 9th Wonder)
4. Return of Da Mack (prod. by 9th Wonder)
5. I Wanna (prod. by 9th Wonder)
6. I See You ft. Keisha Shontelle (prod. by 9th Wonder)
7. Number In Da Phone (prod. by 9th Wonder)
8. Think It Over (prod. by Fatin)
9. Talk Dirty (prod. by Khrysis)
10. Get Ur Paper Out (prod. by 9th Wonder)
11. Too Ill (prod. by 9th Wonder)
12. Khrysis (prod. by Khrysis)



J.Period and K'NAAN :: The Messengers Digital EP (Episode 1: Fela Kuti)


[A while ago, I gave you a preview of J.Period and K'NAAN's upcoming digital EP "The Messenger." Well, it's finally here! Well...sorta. The EP is divided into three parts and this one is a tribute to the late great Fela Kuti! If you have any doubts on K'NAAN knowing his music, then this will prove you wrong. DEAD WRONG!]


1.  Introduction to Fela Kuti
2. Let’s Start (Messengers Remix)
3. Let Me Introduce Me (Messengers Remix)
4. Messengers and Prophets (Interlude)
5. Ololufe Mi (Messengers Remix)
6. Who is Fela? (Interlude)
7. Got My Dream (Messengers Remix)
8. The Story of Fela (Open & Close)
9. Gentleman feat. Bajah (Messengers Remix)
10. Perceptions of Africa (Interlude)
11. Africa (Messengers Remix)
12. Africa Unite (Outro)



J.Period and K'NAAN :: The Messengers Digital EP (Episode 2: Bob Marley)




[Okay, here's the second part of K'NAAN's "Messenger" EP and this time it's paying homage to the late Rastafarian Bob Marley. This has gotten ot be the longest EP I ever witness and guess what, it's for free! And guess what else, it won't be over yet because "Episode 3" should be on it's way next week (And no, that's not John Lennon (R.I.P.).]

1. Introduction to Bob Marley
2. Belly Full (Messenger Remix) (feat. Kardinal Official, Steele, and Bajah)
3. War Through Poetry/Sun is Shining (Interlude)
4. Shot the Sheriff (Messengers Remix)
5. Fighting a War (Interlude)
6. Johnny Was (Messengers Remix) (feat. Netic the Rebel)
7. Need You So (Wailers Interlude)
8. My Country/Small Axe (Messengers Remix)
9. Love Lights Burning (Interlude)
10. Fatima/Stur it Up (Messengers Remix)
11. Satisfy My Soul (Outro)



The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League :: The Grammy Kids (Hosted by Bigga Rankin)


[Quick! Name some songs produced by the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. If it's tricky for you, I can do it for you. Rick Ross' "Magnificent," Mary J. Blige "No One But You," and 2 Pistols "She Got It." Now I can only name those three sogns to tell you that they're some hot producers (pause), but I know you can figure out the rest. If you can't, then d/l this mixtape and you'll find more heat these Grammy kids has produced over the years. They ain't heroes, but they sure know how to make bangin' music.]


Tracklisting:
1. Juelz Santana - Into/Rumble Young Man Rumble
2. Young Jeezy - Done it All
3. B.G. f/ Young Jeezy - Hustle
4. Young Jeezy - We Jook
5. Rick Ross _ Billionaire
6. Slim E - Been Swagged Up
7. Rick Ross & Baby - Pop That Pussy
8. Young Jeezy - Don't Get Caught
9. Young Buck - Do It Myself
10. Young Jeezy - Bury Me a G
11. Rick Ross f/ Jay-Z - Maybach Music
12. Rick Ross f/ Kanye West, Lil Wayne, T-Pain - Maybach Music II
13. Rick Ross f/ Big Boi, Diddy, Special Ed - Magnificent (Remix)
14. Young Jeezy - Wordplay
15. Young Jeezy - Rock Song
16. Bun B & Colione - History in the Making
17. Prime f/ Blazed - Let it Go
18. Rick Ross f/ Magazene - Yacht Club
19. Supa Show - Pressure
20. John Legend - Ordinary People (Remix)/India.Aire - There's Hope (Remix)
21. Double D - Str8 Like That
22. Dave Young f/ 50 Cent - Drinking & Smoking
23. Keri Hilson f/ Ma$e - Who's That Girl
24. Certified & Pleasure P - Turn Off the Lights
25. Shareefa - Butterfly
26. Mary J. Blige - No One WIll Do
27. Young Capone f/ Mario - Choosin
28. 2 Pistols f/ T-Pain - She Got It
29. J. Holiday - We Are Good for Each Other
30. J. Holiday - Fallin
31. Laws - Rain
32. Bloodraw f/ T-Pain - My Way
33. Bigga Rankin Outro



Jozeemo & Bionik :: TV Land

jozeemo-tv-land-front

[Last week, I gave you "Reservoir Dogs" and this week I'm giving you a solo Jozeemo mixtape entitled "TV Land." Jozeemo spits while producer Bionik make beats that has familiar television tunes with a lil' twist. Definitely tune in to this!] 

Tracklistiong:
1. Big Bad A$$ Boss
2. Gimme a Break
3. Don't Trip
4. Reverend Truck Sermon
5. I Don't Call It (ft. Flaw)
6. The East
7. Car 54 (ft. Ja Dub and Jeffro)
8. Trick'in (ft. Ja Dub)
9. Nothin (ft. Carlitta Durand and Truck)
10. Story 2 Tell
11. Drug Deal Gone Wronf (ft. Ms. Blue)
12. It's Going Down
13. Me (ft. A.Y. Lee)



JUDAH & Dub MD :: Here, Enjoy (Instrumentals) (Mixed by DJ Beatstreet)



[People asked for it and JUDAH gives it to them. Becoming well-known as an up-and-coming producer, JUDAH drops a free beattape aptly titled "Here, Enjoy," featuring instrumentals of many heaters he has done such as Stat Quo, Wale, C-Ray Walz, and more.]

Tracklisting:
1. Intro - Skillz/Daytona Squared (Wale) (Produced By Judah)
2. Infected - C-Rayz Walz (Produced By Judah)
3. Studio 43 - Wale (Produced By Judah)
4. Lord Give Me Another Day - Bad Boy Records (E. Ness) (Produced By Judah)
5. Bump, Bump - Wale (Michael Jackson Tribute) (Produced By Judah)
6. Breaking Up - All the Lonely Souls Out There LOL (Produced By Judah)
7. Her Love - UCB (Produced By Judah)
8. 2008 Rap Up - JUDAH (Produced By Judah)
9. Coldplay x Jay-Z Viva La Hova (Produced By Judah)
10. Air Wacks - RAtheMC (Produced By Judah)
11. Kick Rocks - Tabi Bonney (Produced By Judah)
12. 2007 Rap Up - JUDAH (Produced By Judah)
13. Lovely Sweetness (Produced By Judah)
14. Love Leave (Produced By Judah)
15. Say - John Mayer x Jay-Z (Grammy Remix Album) (Produced By Judah)



Peter Bjorn and John :: "Re-Living Thing" (Mixed. Mick Boogie)



[For those who know who Peter Bjorn and John is know that they're aren't really that hip-hop. In fact, they're far from it. Ever so dependable Wikipedia describes their style as "Swedish indie rock." But many doesn't know that they are 100% pure hip-hop heads and they wanted to prove it. So they hollered at Mick Boogie to create a remix of this year's album "Living Thing" and make it hip-hop. And boy, he did! With guest appearances like Bun B, Rapper Big Pooh, GZA, and Black Milk, you'll think i'm posting up a soundtrack. Give this one a listen and these Swedish folks know how to make an old school hip-hop head say, "Represent!"] 

Tracklisting:
1. Naledge & Mickey Factz: Blue Period Picasso (remixed by nVMe)
2. Freebass 808 & Christian Rich: Living Thing (remixed by Apple Juice Kid)
3. Bun B & The Kid Daytona: Losing My Mind (remixed by 6th Sense)
4. Big Pooh, Chaundon & Phil Nash: Stay This Way (remixed by Jazzy Jeff)
5. Trouble Andrew & GLC: Lay It Down (remixed by The Kickdrums)
6. Talib Kweli & 6th Sense: I Want You (remixed by William Russell / Good Life Mike)
7. 88 Keys & Outasight: 4 Out Of 5 (remixed by 6th Sense)
8. U-N-I: Last Night (remixed by Remot)
9. GZA, Buckshot & Tabi Bonney: The Feeling (remixed by Marco Polo)
10. Big Sean, Black Milk & T3: Just The Past (remixed by nVMe)
11. Kardinal Offishall, Donnis & Henok Achido: It Just Don’t Move Me (remixed by Jet Audio)
12. Wale, Young Chris & Rhymefest: Nothing To Worry About (remixed by The Kickdrums)
13. Evidence, Jerreau & Fashawn: Amsterdam (remixed by Cookin’ Soul)



Thee Tom Hardy :: The Hardy Boy Mystery Tape: Curse of thee Green Faceded (Mixed by 9th Wonder & Don Cannon)
HHBM Back Artwork - FINAL

[NC emcee Thee Tom Hardy has gotten a hand from famed producer 9th WOnder to release this long-winded titled mixtape that'll keep the heads rockin' and toe tappin'! Some will probably listen to the joints on here and won't believe it's a white dude rockin't he mike like that. If there's only one thing he proves, is that in these days and age, white and black face doesn't matter. Because in the end, the only coolor that matters is green.] 

Tracklisting:
1. Thee Tom Hardy Show (prod. E. Jones)
2. Makin' It Laaast(prod. 9th Wonder)
3. Family Ties (feat. Big Remo & GQ) (prod. 9th Wonder)
4. Chillin' In My Bungalow (prod. Thee Band Geeks)
5. Afterschool Special (prod. 9th Wonder)
6. I'm Grinnin' (prod. 9th Wonder)
7. Make Her Mine (feat. Tyler Woods) (prod. E. Jones)
8. EXTRAordinary (prod. Fatin "10" Horton)
9. I'm The Ooh Child (feat. MURS) (prod. 9th Wonder)
10. Go Like This (feat. Reck Mason & GQ) (prod. Thee Band Geeks)
11. Rap $$$ (prod. 9th Wonder)
12. As We Shine (feat. Rapsody & D-Mal) (prod. 9th Wonder)
13. Dzamnit Dawg (feat. Ric Jones) (prod. 9th Wonder)
14. Okaaaaaay (feat. Rapsody & TP) (prod. 9th Wonder)
15. We Rap GR8 (feat. Harlem's Cash & Mikkey Halsted) (prod. 9th Wonder)
16. OMG!!!! (prod. 9th Wonder)
17. Boom Boom (prod. 9th Wonder)
18. Never Have Seen (prod. 9th Wonder)
19. Rap $$$ Roc-A-Fella RMX (feat. Young Chris & Freeway) (prod. 9th Wonder)



That's it for the "Liberty Day Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at kirenamloh@msn.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at kirenamloh@msn.com, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all!  Two fangas, one love....

Jay-Z - Rapper, Mogul... Everyman?


On Wednesday night I was at the 40/40 Club (and yes, ESPN was on the screen) for an event that Jay-Z was hosting (big ups to Berk Communications for the invite). First off, I have to give Jay props for being at both this event and doing a concert somewhere else on the same night. I don’t know too many other artists that would even attempt to pull that off, let alone actually make it happen. Secondly, seeing Jay-Z up close and personal, albeit not for any sort of extended period of time, has left me with the idea that through all the fame and money and everything he says in his lyrics, Jay is very comfortable in the role of the everyman.

Read the full story at:  http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2009/09/jay-z-rapper-mogul-everyman.html

Ian Kamau's "September Nine Vol. 2" featuring Dan-e-o!


From Dan-e-o:

YO!

Download my boy Ian Kamau's latest mixtape, "September Nine Vol. 2" which
features a track we did together entitled "Legacy" (our tribute to Michael
Jackson).

"Legacy" will also appear on my forthcoming mixtape, "Dilla Pickles". But
in the meantime, click the link and fill your iPod up with some dope new
music!:

SEPTEMBER NINE VOL.2 (released 09/09/09)
http://www.zshare.net/download/6529439766bea28e/


Dan-e-o
"Dilla Pickles" mixtape coming soon!
http://www.dan-e-o.com/
http://www.myspace.com/daneo10
http://www.facebook.com/donfaraldo
http://www.twitter.com/daneo10
http://thaoshow.com/

Buy Dan-e-o's music!
http://www.maplemusic.com/dept.asp?dept_id=2316

Watch Dan-e-o's videos!
The Don Faraldo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHmf_4L4Ulc
Dear Hip Hop - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgtiwAOliWE
Corrida De Toros - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcSkvVXMVf8
T.N.T. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6-sKPxLrS0
Kama Sutra - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZL86_KN14Y

Is the Third Time a Charm or Did Blueprint 3 Bomb?


Is the Third Time a Charm or Did Blueprint 3 Bomb?
An editorial by Steve 'Flash' Juon

I've been getting feedback all week long on Jesal Padania's review of "The Blueprint 3" and I think it's finally time I speak on it and give my own two cents. Keep in mind this is not a correction of Jay Soul's review nor is it a revision of said review - this is just my own editorial thoughts on how BP3 compares to Jay's legacy of great albums over the last decade and a half.

First things first, let's examine the fact Jay-Z chose to title this album "The Blueprint 3." It's been almost seven full years since "The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse" was released. In the interim Jay retired from rap, took over Def Jam, UNRETIRED from rap and left his position as CEO of Def Jam - not precisely in that chronological order but you get the gist. Few rappers can be said to have had more success with less focus as one can hardly begin to guess what Shawn Carter will do before he's already done it, changed his mind and done something else. Despite that turmoil he's kept on hitting us with classics like "The Black Album" and "American Gangster," proving that even as he neared his 40's he was still a relevant force in hip-hop and a pop culture icon to boot.

With so much history between now and then it seems strange to go back to The Blueprint series. The first volume suffered from tragically bad timing on its release date, but still managed to go down as a memorable and well regarded Jay-Z album. The unexpected sequel was ambitious, but at two discs long was a bit bloated. It may have been better for Mr. Carter to not go that route, but by choosing the name "The Blueprint 3" he had something to prove to his critics - he's still the archetype for all other rappers who want to follow the road to riches and diamond rings. When you're the self-proclaimed King of New York, the best rapper alive, and 40 is the new 30, why not put yourself on top by reminding everyone you've already done it twice before?

The problem is that history shows us that sequels are not always better than the original. Sylvester Stallone keeps getting older, and "Rocky" movies may continue to be entertaining, but they're not as good as the original nor are they as relevant to the mainstream. 40 is not the new 30 - 40 is still 40. Far from being a knock on Shawn Carter, I applaud his middle-aged hip-hop hustle. Rap music has grown up and blown up over the last 30 years, and now more than ever we should be embracing the artists and pioneers who have shown longevity instead of being flash-in-the-pan hip-hop acts. They are quite literally the blueprint for the future of the music and the culture - from Afrika Bambaataa to KRS-One to Grandmaster Flash to Ice-T to LL Cool J and so on. Furthermore as veterans go, Jay still has as much swagger as he did 15 years back if not far moreso. He's even challenging today's current rappers to be more creative and not just rely on gimmicks like Autotune to go gold, a challenge I hope more artists accept. Note that he's not saying NO ONE should use Autotune, just that everyone shouldn't ABUSE Autotune. That's a key distinction a lot of people were missing when Jay declared Autotune "D.O.A."

In the end though Jay's mistake is that naming his album "The Blueprint 3" automatically encouraged listeners and critics alike to compare his new work to things he did almost a decade ago. While BP3 is far from a terrible album, I can certainly understand where Jay Soul is coming from when the album is measured up to the rest of Jay's catalogue. There are at least a few songs on the album where Jigga seems to be phoning in it and resting on the laurels I've spent most of this editorial outlining, and there are at least a few beats that don't stand up to the dozens of classic songs he's had in this century alone. I've been asked many times this week how I would have scored the album if I had written the review and my simple answer is 7/10 across the board, because it's a good Jay-Z album, but it is FAR from the best album Jay has ever done - and it's not even better than the bloated BP2. At a time when the likes of Raekwon and Slaughterhouse are releasing potential albums of the year, Jay not only suffers by comparison to his own past, he suffers by comparison to his contemporaries in the present. This is far from reason for Jay to go BACK into retirement though. "The Blueprint 3" is still worth buying whether you're a long-time Jay-Z fan or a hip-hop head in general, but even at 40 it's clear that Shawn Carter is capable of much more than what this album offered.

Kwame Presents "What About BOB?" From Beyond Belief


Multi-platinum selling producer Kwame would like to introduce "What About BOB?," the debut album from Beyond Belief, the premiere artist on his boutique imprint Make Noise.

Beyond Belief - U Don't Know Me
* http://www.usershare.net/63g0hxznipm4 *

Beyond Belief - Work
* http://www.usershare.net/x30ymme6lnyw *

Beyond Belief - It's A Go
* http://www.usershare.net/ojm4vdrf1xsj *

Beyond Belief - What About BOB? (Album Stream)
* http://www.datpiff.com/Kwame_Beyond_Belief_What_About_BOB.m62007.html *

Beyond Belief - What About BOB? (FREE Album Download)
* http://limelinx.com/files/31c00f44d0d3ff603350cbb149487686 *

Make sure you check out http://www.myspace.com/beyondbeliefmusic & follow Beyond Belief on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/BeyondBeliefNow for the latest updates.
Hip-Hop Videos - Random, Havoc, Panacea, Saigon


You know RapReviews.com got'cha back! We're the cure for your Wednesday, hump day, middle of the work week blues with brand new hip-hop videos to enjoy, starting with Random's parody of Drake called "Worst I Ever Heard."

In case you didn't know and hadn't heard, "H Is Back."

Here's the latest Panacea update sent over by our friend K-Murdock!

Impulss represents for the Southern side of things on "Do It."

RR favorite Saigon is back with a new video for "Gotta Believe It."

Last but not least is the latest chapter in Eternia & MoSS' "Road to Release" featuring Jean Grae and MC Lyte.

Lil Flip's "Respect Me" Due Out Sept. 29th


The Lone Star State's Lil Flip aka Flip Gates to Drop New LP "Respect Me" September 29th

Distributed by E1 Entertainment (formerly Koch), prominent Indie High Powered Entertainment will release Lil Flip's"Respect Me" online and in stores everywhere 9/29

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 16, 2009 -- The Lone Star state's Lil Flip, aka Flip Gates, is back again and ready to seize his rightful spot among southern rap royalty with the High Powered Entertainment CD release Respect Me, online and in stores everywhere on September 29th.

Official Lil Flip Flyer
Official Lil Flip Flyer

With street inspired themes, state of the art rhymes, and cutting edge production, this album will most definitely keep heads banging and clubs jumping. A voracious prodigy of the late legendary mix tape visionary DJ Screw, Lil Flip has delivered a winner with Respect Me; a killer collection of 15 original certified anthems, produced by J Silva (Keyshia Cole, Lil Wayne, E-40, Daz Dillinger and more).

The title track "RESPECT ME", offers fans a glimpse into the rapper's past and present deeds, set to a hard driving beat. "SHAWTY WANNA THUGG", a swag strong Hip Hop/ R&B joint, meshes smooth vocals and Flip's magnetizing lyrics. "SWANGAZ ON BENTLEYS" is a lyrical wonderland of quick punch lines and infectious flow all topped off with a catchy, chopped and screwed hook. Other titles include the LP's 1st single; "Da #1 Fly Boy", "2 Steppin", "I Got To Be", "I'm Back" and more.

"The thing about this album is that it's so reflective of me, my music, life and lifestyle," says the laid back 28-year-old Lil Flip, "Trust me; everything I rap about is based on truth. So when I rhyme dirty style about the Bentleys, the clubs, the platinum, the girls, my life's lessons or whatever, it's not bragging, it's just fact."

The underground legendary rapper is constantly in the lab creating and striving to put out quality music for his loyal fans. Distributed by E1 Entertainment (formerly Koch), Respect Me is a solid full length LP that is sure to satiate any rap aficionado and garner Flip Gates, respect he deserves!

Want a sneak peek of RESPECT ME? Check out these links including the hot new single "Da #1 Fly Boy":

Da_#1_Flyboy

Swangaz_On_Bentleys

I'm_Back!

To learn more about Lil Flip or for music samples visit Lil_Flip_Myspace.


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