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Video: Wale, Desean Jackson & More at Trinidad James Release Party

Video: Wale, Desean Jackson & More at Trinidad James Release Party

L.G.: Trinidad Jame$ hosted a star studded Welcome to L.A. part​y​ in Hollywood celebrating the new release of his free project titled "No One Is Safe." James and friends partied it up with NFL star Desean Jackson, Maybach Music Group artist Wale, Miguel and more inside the sold out club; plus a live performance by Snootie Wild and the night's soundtrack provided by DJ Mark Da Spot.

His "No One Is Safe" (#NOIS)​ project has already garnered rav​e reviews a midst the blogosphere since its release on Jan. 20th. The Trinidadian born, Southern raised artist also unveiled his official art book dubbed "The Book of Jame$" featuring 46 pages of artistically dope photos shot by famed Photographer, Evan Ranft aka "5pc" in addition to motivational quotes from inspirational icons.
The Hip-Hop Shop #310 - From Toronto to Lex Ave

It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #310 takes you on a journey From Toronto to Lex Ave. Enjoy new tracks from Willy J Peso, Esohel, D.Focis and Jus Smith among others! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show.

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Tracks featured this week:

* Willy J Peso - 401 E to Toronto
* Bad Seed f/ MIMS - Face Off
* Jaae Kash - Pressure
* Esohel - Highest Bid
* Nodis - Yammers
* D.Focis - My Spot
* Jus Smith - Cruisin Down Lex Ave
* Gliss f/ Ryda x IV - On the Highway

Editorial: Top Ten Hip-Hop Sports Videos

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Shaquille O'Neal courtesy Wikimedia Commons]Don't have a Shaq Attack.

This week we're taking on the top ten hip-hop sports videos, which for the purpose of this list can either be ABOUT sports or feature an athlete FROM sports, who decided to dabble in the world of hip-hop music - at times with unintentionally hilarious consequences.

There's one four-time NBA champion basketball player who actually did it pretty well though, and seldom gets the credit for it - which is why for my purposes he gets to be #1 with a bullet here. The list of people who got to record a song with the late great Christopher Wallace before his demise is very small (and the list of posthumous remixes he had nothing to do with very long), but Shaquille O'Neal can count himself as one. Of course as you'll see from #2, basketball and hip-hop have always gone together well. Football and rap have a bit more awkward relationship.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Even though I consider the "Superbowl Shuffle" to be an all time classic, there are no copies of this video on YouTube that can be embedded/shared.

1.) Shaquille O'Neal f/ Notorious B.I.G. - "You Can't Stop the Reign"

2.) Kurtis Blow - "Basketball"

3.) Luke f/ Stuart Scott (R.I.P.) - "Raise the Roof"

4.) Wale - "Barry Sanders"

5.) Lil Dicky - "Sports"

6.) Ron Artest f/ Mike Jones - "Get Lo"

7.) Henry Bowers - "Swing Batter Batter Swing"

8.) Key & Peele - "East/West Bowl Rap"

9.) Ludacris - "The Madden 2000 Theme"

10.) Deion Sanders - "Must Be the Money"

Exclusive Premier: Coolzey w/ Soce & Schaffer the Darklord - Sleight of Hand

Exclusive Premier: Coolzey w/ Soce & Schaffer the Darklord - Sleight of Hand

Coolzey is back with a new song, and we have the exclusive first listen for you right here on RapReviews.

The song is titled "Slight of Hand," and on it he's joined by Soce the Elemental Wizard, Schaffer the Darklord, and Schaffer's sidekick, magician Nelson Lugo.

Soce says of the teaming of emcees, "Coolzey and Schaffer are such hot artists. It was a pleasure and an honor to spit with them about one of my favorite subjects magic! They bring out a whole new fierce, competitive side in me, and I loved having Coolzey slay a whole round of my beats on this EP."

The EP is Coolzey and Soce's upcoming collaborative effort, Coolsay, which from now until its release date of February 3rd can be pre-ordered on bandcamp for $7. Fans who pre-order will get not only the EP, but also a sixth bonus track, which will be unavailable after February 3rd, and a digital lyric book and zine.

Coolzey says of the EP, "Our collaboration, 'Graduation Day,' from Coolzey and the Search for the Hip Hop Hearts, is the most popular jam from that album. I get more requests to perform it at shows than any other song in my catalogue. I wanted to try to capture the same juxtaposition of slapstick comedy and serious tragedy in my lyrics that moved me in Soce's work, while still retaining my voice."

He adds, "I also am a strong supporter of Soce being an unapologetically openly gay rapper in the homophobic hip hop world. I support gay rights and feel that the gay community is still not anywhere near as accepted as they should be in the present day. I was even kicking around the idea of titling the album Support Gay Rights or Die, just to get it into people's faces, but I felt that it would have been misleading to the content, and we settled for the more inviting Coolsay."

Check out "Slight of Hand," and enjoy some hip-hop magic!

Video: @TaiyamoDenku @OnlyChrisRivers @BigNoyd "Meet Ya Fate"

Video: Taiyamo Denku x Chris Rivers x Big Noyd - "Meet Ya Fate"

MediaFamous: This song taken from Milwaukee Based Emcee Taiyamo Denku's Album SUPERNATURAL. The Video Visually will basically show you 3 emcees throwing Lyrics in your direction all stimulated by a Good Dark Urban Setting which makes up for a classic styled Hip Hop Video In this Presentation of MEET YA FATE which Features Chris Rivers and Mobb Deep Affiliated Big Noyd.

Audio: @FongSaiU @Raheem_Devaughn - "Fantasy"

Audio: Fong-Sai-U f/ Raheem Devaughn - "Fantasy"

Matt: Raised in Washington D.C. and now residing in California, emcee/producer Fong-Sai-U came up in the game under true Hip-Hop heavyweights, as he was mentored by Black Thought of the legendary Roots crew and the late Guru of Gang Starr. As such, the golden era east coast sound is embedded in Sai-Us DNA.

Video: @TC_Gambino - "Lieutenant" (@O_3rd_Ent)

Video: TC Gambino - "Lieutenant"

R3D: TC Gambino drops off another video directed by KeeMotion as well as a new single "Lieutenant" and wants to assure to all fans that "Heart" his sopohmore project is coming soon although previous reports had it due out on February 17, 2015.

Video: @RazFresco - "Insomnia" (@DuckDownMusic)

Video: Raz Fresco - "Insomnia"

Soze: Here is the video for "Insomnia" off of Raz Fresco's latest project "The ScrewFace Tape."

Mixtape: YGG Tay - "Rich Before Rap" (@Freeband_tay @JoeBayer)

Mixtape: YGG Tay - "Rich Before Rap"

Joe: With new artists constantly taking the scene by storm, Baltimore's own and Freebandz affiliate YGG Tay is next up and he will be a well known name before the year is through. Tay's previously released DJ Plugg-produced single "Why You So Mad" has been racking up views since it dropped back in October and today it finds a home on Rich Before Rap.

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Video: @SincereShow Hosts Justin Combs' 21st Birthday (@mzlimari2u)

Video: Sincere Show Hosts Justin Combs' 21st Birthday in Hollywood Hills

L.G.: Exclusive Behind the Scenes Video features appearances by Diddy, Justin Bieber, French Montana, DJ Paul, Travi$ Scott, Ma$e, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Quincy Combs and more.

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Welcome to for the week of January 27th, 2015!! Please like us on Facebook and shop Amazon through RapReviews so we can bring you new material every week. This week we've got TEN new items for you! Check out Adam Bernard's Joey Batts interview, Body Count's "Manslaughter," an editorial on the Top Ten Hip-Hop Sports Videos, Coolzey's "Sleight of Hand" - an RR EXCLUSIVE premier, Joey Bada$$' "B4.DA.$$" (our featured review), Kenn Starr's "Square One," Steve 'Flash' Juon's The Hip-Hop Shop #310, Trinidad James' "The Wake Up EP" and the Trinidad James Release Party, and Emanuel Wallace's The (W)rap Up for January 20, 2015!

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