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RUN THE JEWELS"Run the Jewels 2" Is Out NOW!!!!


Editorial: Five Rappers/Groups You Should Follow on Tumblr

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Tumblr]You're probably already using Twitter or Instagram to keep up on the highlights (and lowlights) of your favorite hip-hop celebrities, but are you checking for Tumblr? If not we humbly suggest the following five accounts for you to follow, based on the signal-to-noise quality ratio of what they tend to post and/or reblog.

1. Odd Future.

This West coast collective has always been a little bit ahead of the curve. You may or may not agree with Tyler the Creator's tendency to use shock tactics in his lyrics, it's not surprising that he and the Wolf Gang are on Tumblr, the social media venue that doesn't require add-ons or plug-ins to share pictures and videos right away. For the highly visually oriented crew Tumblr is a perfect fit, and since new posts only come every few days you won't get dashboard overkill.

2. Wiz Khalifa.

A more recent convert to Tumblr, Wiz Khalifa's simple and clean layout emphasizes the pictures he has to share, and as you'd expect there's no shortage of sticky icky icky snapshots. Wiz is a fashionable dude though, and though most of his clothing shares would be out of my age range OR my price range, it's fair to say the "O.N.I.F.C." is gonna make it look hella good if you're sharing the cabin with him. Clothing designers should be reading his blog.

3. Chance the Rapper.

He went quiet for a couple of months in July, then came back with new music last week. What his minimalistic theme lacks in swag his posts make up for in whimsy, and you get the feeling Chance hasn't gotten a big head despite his rap ascent to rap stardom. He posts more than the average amount of videos to his Tumblr as well, which differentiates him from other users in that his Tumblr turns out to be a vlog - he's quite literally sharing his journey through hip-hop with his followers.

4. Prometheus Brown.

I'm taking a chance plugging this one because TUFKA Geologic hasn't updated his Tumblr since June. Nevertheless the thing that makes this blog stand out for me is that it makes me HUNGRY. Brown is proud of his Filipino background and his feed is peppered (pun intended) with video blogs he happily calls "Food & Sh*t." This one alone makes me drool.

Don't read his feed when you've been drinking or you're going to call a friend to take you downtown for something to eat. I'm also completely down with his profession of love for the Mountain Brothers, a group I have very fond memories of from literally buying the last copy of their CD at a store in New York City then later having them autograph said same after seeing them perform live.

5. iEl (Ilyas).

I'm going to preface this one with a warning - the former Tanya Morgan emcee has a blog that's NSFW. If you read this blog at your J-O and the boss calls you on the carpet, don't say I didn't warn you. Now that we've got that out of the way, iEl is a fascinating dude. You're going to see a lot of body art. You're going to see a lot of BDSM photos. You're going to realize Ilyas split from the group for a reason - his interests just didn't quite fit in with the rest of the crew. Thankfully that's exactly the kind of place Tumblr is made for - you can be whoever (or whatever) it is you want to be. He's different - so don't compare him to another.
The Hip-Hop Shop #296 - Dreams of Fat Laces

It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #296 is called Dreams of Fat Laces and features new music from BioLogic, A-Class, Mike Red and Tragic Hero among others! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new show.

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Tracks featured this week:

* BioLogic f/ Flow Patrol - Dreams Made From Dust
* A-Class - Super Fat Laces
* Mike Red - Are U Down
* Westbay x Prestigious - Lithium
* Tragic Hero - L.O.N.E. Wolf
* Cliff Po f/ Metafor Manson - Pass Me Da Green Remix
* Marcel P. Black - Black Collar
* Shabaam Sahdeeq - Skillet

New Music! @TheRegiment & @MegaRan: Bloodstream (@HiPNOTT)

New Music! The Regiment & Random: Bloodstream

HiPNOTT: We are less than one week out until the new EP from The Regiment & Random drops. To hold you over, here's another track from A Gamer's Anthem, the Random Beats produced banger "Bloodstream". The full EP drops Tuesday, October 28th.

Video: @MajorDStar - "Stuck Up" (@DunnDealPR @beatsbymaniac)

Video: Major D-Star - "Stuck Up"

Dunn: Detroit-bred, Miami-based rapper Major D-Star presents the Ball Out Boy-directed music video for his new Kidd Play-produced single "Stuck Up". Hosted by DJ 5150 and presented by the late Slim Dunkin, I'm So Major 2 is the followup to the first volume of the ISM series.

Audio: Nametag - "iTag" (@itsnametag)

Audio: Nametag - "iTag"

LABL: Detroit, MI- Indie Hip Hop Artist Nametag wants you to get familiar with him. After releasing The Tag Alexander EP earlier this year, Nametag is back to the basics as he reintroduces himself to his fans with Who In The Hell is Nametag (W.I.T.H.I.N.). W.I.T.H.I.N. Wednesdays is a weekly series that showcases the inner-workings of Nametag’s mind as he spits bars over some familiar production old and new.

Audio: @MCBravado - "Walk the Line" FrEP

Audio: MC Bravado - "Walk the Line" FrEP

RC: MC Bravado’s “Walk the Line” showcases an artist interweaving an iconic musician's experiences, outlooks, and soundscapes with those of his own, resulting in a thoughtfully crafted, well-executed conceptual EP that does both parties justice. This ode to Johnny Cash was released as a free download, October 13 (the same day Cash was inducted into the CMA Hall of Fame) on Bandcamp.

Audio: @DJJS1 w/ @Juggaknots @HomeboySandman & @KyleRapps - "110 Percent" (@DiamondMedia360)

Audio: DJ JS-1 w/ Breeze Brewin', Homeboy Sandman & Kyle Rapps - "110 Percent"

DM360: DJ JS-1, who after studying alongside the greats in the industry, and mastering his craft, is here to smash the clowns guilty of robbing the culture with their shortsighted gimmicks and bogus antics. Joining in his onslaught are Breeze Brewin' of the Juggaknots fame, Homebody Sandman, and Kyle Rapps, who all speak on how they intend to rule their respective fields. "110 Percent" is the third leak taken from JS-1's latest producer LP, It Is What It Isn't, which is now available wherever you buy music.

Video: Comedian @DaneCook Raps Verse From High School (@DJWhooKid)

Video: Comedian Dane Cook Raps Verse From High School

Fionda: When Dane Cook was on DJ Whoo Kid's The Whoolywood Shuffle he had informed the crew that he originally wanted to be a rapper in high school. Whoo Kid didn't believe him, but Dane assures to him that he was once a rapper. Dane goes into spitting a SUPER RARE verse he wrote in high school.

Audio: Sankofa - "Charles Oakley at The Movies" (@RapSankofa)

Audio: Sankofa - "Charles Oakley at The Movies"

Songs about movies...and a basketball player
released 13 October 2014

Lyrics & Vocals : Sankofa
Production : Cris Cardiak & Zatoca
Scratch : DJ A-Kut
Mix : B. Saillet & Cris Cardiak
Mastering : D. Hachour @ Color Sound Studio
Artwork : Jeremy McFarren

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Welcome to for the week of October 21st, 2014!! Please like us on Facebook and shop Amazon through RapReviews so we can bring you new material every week. This week we have TEN new items for you! Check out the 5 rappers to follow on Tumblr article, Akrobatik's "Built to Last," Steve 'Flash' Juon's The Hip-Hop Shop #296, MarQ Spekt and Blockhead's "JustPlayWitIt," Saigon's "G.S.N.T.3. - The Troubled Times of Brian Carenard," Smoke DZA & 183rd's "Ringside EP," T.I.'s "Paperwork" (our featured review), Vince Staples' "Hell Can Wait," Emanuel Wallace's The (W)rap Up for October 14, 2014 and Ray West & O.C.'s "Ray's Cafe." Please note the Vince Staples review is the debut of new staffer Clara Wang. Big up Clara!!

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