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Editorial: Who Sampled It Better? #3 (Two Entries This Time)

[DJ Premier courtesy Wikimedia]Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon: It's time for round three! With our second edition of "Who Sampled It Better?" I asked the audience to vote on the producer and/or rapper who made the best use of a loop in a song, and shared the results a week later.

This time to make it easier for everyone involved, both me as the writer and you as the reader, I've narrowed it down from four samples to vote on (with two examples per each) to just two samples. I've had a few good suggestions along the way and I'm going to put them to use in future editions, but there's one I have to do right away and it's going to be a little... quirky.

* Jay-Z vs. Biggie: The Isley Brothers - "Between the Sheets"

I realize we did this once before for Da Brat vs. Keith Murray but I decided this classic R&B sample needed to be done again with much HIGHER stakes this time. Unfortunately due to Shawn Carter being a stickler for not letting unauthorized copies of individual songs from his albums play on most streaming platforms, I had to find a REMAKE of the song in question, and it's an instrumental version only. Nevertheless I think you'll have enough to go on for voting purposes when you compare the two tracks at hand.

a.) Notorious B.I.G. - "Big Poppa"

b.) Jay-Z f/ Beanie Sigel - "Ignorant S--t"

* Redman vs. Schoolly D: Maceo & the Macks - "Soul Power 74"

I have a feeling this will be an easier choice for the voters than it was for me narrowing it down to just TWO examples of using this break, but in doing so I picked two all-time favorite hip-hop songs. These days Jesse Bonds Weaver Jr. may be better known for his cameos on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, but before that Schoolly D was a hip-hop pioneer and some say the "original" gangster of rap. Either way Reggie Noble bodied the track just as hard as he did, which should make this vote really interesting!

a.) Redman - "Rated R"

b.) Schoolly D - "Am I Black Enough For You?"

Fifteen Videos Starring or Featuring Ras Kass

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Ras Kass courtesy @RasKass]A reader on our Facebook page recently asked why we hadn't reviewed Ras Kass' "Soul On Ice 2" yet. In fact I believe Ras was described as "under covered" compared to other artists. If that's the case it's certainly not out of any bias against Mr. John Austin IV. He's been one of my personal favorite emcees since the 1990's, to the degree that many of his bars and punchlines are etched permanently into my brain as if laser was cutting into stone. On the other hand looking at our review archive I count seven different projects under his name not to mention a compilation album and one with Apollo Brown so I respectfully submit "under covered" doesn't describe our attitude toward his work at all.

Rest assured readers that we will get to "Soul On Ice 2" in due course and give it a feature length review. It will also be completely unbiased which means it probably won't be written by me. I don't have to be unbiased at all about this top 15 of music videos either starring or featuring Ras Kass though, including what has to be one of the all-time best examples of beat recycling ever, as Stu-B-Doo took the ballroom outro from the extended version of Dr. Dre's "Been There, Done That" and looped it into a song all its own. Naturally if you're going to do that you have to feature Andre Young on the new song, and that plus Mack 10 on the chorus resulted in a song that was not only ghetto fabulous but CALI fabulous too. Even former top ten list recipient Ice-T has a cameo.

1.) Ras Kass - "Ghetto Fabulous"

2.) Apollo Brown & Ras Kass - "Deliver Us From Evil"

3.) Ahmad f/ Ras Kass, Saafir - "Come Widdit"

4.) Ras Kass - "Anything Goes"

5.) Ras Kass - "Kanye Moment"

6.) Ras Kass - "Soul on Ice"

7.) Ras Kass f/ DJ Rhettmatic - "Goldyn Chyld II"

8.) Ras Kass - "The Line"

9.) Ras Kass f/ Bumpy Knuckles, Onyx - "Downward Spiral"

10.) Ras Kass & Agallah - "Coke Lines"

11.) Ras Kass - "Miami Life"

12.) Ras Kass f/ Viva - "Salud"

13.) Ras Kass - "Sushi"

14.) MK Asante f/ Bishop Lamont, Ras Kass, Talib - "Godz N the Hood"

15.) Ras Kass f/ Doc Hollywood - "The Great Recession"

The Hip-Hop Shop #394 - Final Palace in the Sky

It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #394 is called Final Palace in the Sky. Today you'll hear new material from The Council, L'Orange & Mr. Lif, Kyle Bent and more! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show - like The Drunk Train from Adam Bernard.

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Tracks featured this week:

* The Council - The Final Countdown
* L'Orange & Mr. Life - A Palace in the Sky
* $avage - Young Trainz
* Yshwa - Dope Man
* Kyle Bent f/ Mick Jenkins - Divine
* DaBaby x King Carter x JxHines - Protect and Serve
* Villain - So High
* Nangdo - Chromed Out

Audio: Keyku f/ Celestial Sam - "All the Time" (@7keyku7 @iamshabantito)

Audio: Keyku f/ Celestial Sam - "All the Time"

DME: Coming from west African to northern Virginia at a young age, Keyku had a lot of problems adapting to the American society which the song lyrics explains. "All The Time" is very catchy and heart warming, crisp/quality music from a fun and phenomenal artist in our generation. "All The Time" is making its way to the mainstream media as it is quickly gaining music lovers attentions. Be on the lookout from more work from Keyku.

Video: @Wordburglar - "Channel Halifax"

Video: Wordburglar - "Channel Halifax"

WN: Hey everybody! Hope your fall is off to a great start. Things are busy as always with me and I'm really excited to finally share the Channel Halifax video with all of you.

Audio: @EvanBarlowMusic - "Survival of the Fittest (Remix)" (@mzlimari2u)

Audio: Evan Barlow - "Survival of the Fittest (Remix)"

LG: Evan Barlow drops a fresh old school vibin, sick lyric spittin remix to Mobb Deeps Survival Of The Fittest beat. The Virginia native explores the metaphorical world with big puns on Ice Cube, Alicia Keys, Zits Poppin and Violin Frets. The two minute and forty six minute lyrical explosion sets the tone for what Evan Barlow is loading up in the chamber for his upcoming project end of 2016.

Audio: @Quanstar @LexZyne - "Play Games Volume 2"

Audio: Quanstar & LexZyne - "Play Games Volume 2"

FTM: Quanstar and LexZyne's Play Games Volume 2 is the fifth collaboration between Quanstar and the brotherly production tandem. Play Games Volume 2 is the second installment in the series.

Audio: @TanyaMorgan - "One" (@CheGrand @HiPNOTT)

Audio: Tanya Morgan - "One" (prod. Che Grand)

HiPNOTT: After dropping a new track out of the blue last week, Donwill and Von Pea give us another Che Grand produced joint, "One". All of these new Tanya Morgan tracks are being released in anticipation for their upcoming album You Get What You Pay For, but will not be on the new album. "Clappas ( Cap - It - All)" is produced by the Lessondary's own Che Grand.

PR: @MegaRan's HUGE Tour, Greenlight Our Game

PR: Mega Ran's HUGE Tour, Greenlight Our Game

Yo! Lots going on at Team Mega HQ. First, I'm going on a tour.... Seems like I always am but this is the doozy of all tours, just look at these dates! I'll be out with mc chris and MC Lars for the first time since 2011.

Check out Tales Of The Elements, a JRPG and album that Last Benevolence and I have been working on for the better part of THREE years. You're gonna absolutely LOVE it! It includes an original score, real-time battles, and even 4 player co-op! preorder the album now and get the game free.

To make it a reality on Steam we have to survive its ruthless Greenlight system. SO PLEASE, if you have a spare moment, click the link below, sign in on Steam and vote YES so the game gets made.

Heard of TJ PERKINS? He's the WWE's newest star, a Filipino and the first winner of the Cruiserweight Classic. In his WWE debut, he came out to some really...interesting music. so interesting, that I decided to rap on his theme.check out a snippet of CRUISIN USA here or get the entire 3-verse song for any amount on Patreon.

SkyBlew has a new video out for his outstanding "SkyBlew The Cowardly Boy," for one of my favorite tracks, "The Great Fusilly." it's an interpretive art video by Joe Turpin that really moved me.

That's about all folks, Just want to make sure you don't miss out on what's happening!

So to review:
* Come to a show, even buy VIP perks.
* PLEASE help us Greenlight this game!
* Hop on Patreon and support the new track

and that's it! Thank you as always for being the best.

ALERT: @SnowThaProduct Presents the #BeenWoke Tour with 22 Cities So Far (@FlyLikeDove)

MEDIA ALERT: Snow Tha Product Presents the #BeenWoke Tour with 22 Cities So Far

Dove: Snow Tha Product is ready to set off on her official #BeenWoke Tour for the Fall season. After releasing the Halfway There Pt. 1 EP and headlining a successful tour just before Summer, Snow has delivered a few fresh visuals via her own Woke Productions. The politically-driven "Despierta" has amassed over 407k views in three weeks, while the scandalous "No Lie" garnered nearly 175k plays in just three days.

Snow will kick things off on the #BeenWoke Tour in Tucson, Arizona on November 2, and travel throughout the Midwest and East Coast to perform in Los Angeles on December 2.

Ticket sales will begin on Friday 10/23 at

11/02 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
11/03 - Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
11/04 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
11/05 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/06 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Backroom
11/09 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse (Studio)
11/10 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
11/11 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/12 - Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
11/13 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
11/15 - St Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
11/16 - Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub Concert Hall
11/17 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
11/18 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
11/20 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Hall
11/22 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
11/23 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
11/25 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
11/26 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes' Masterpiece
11/30 - San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall SF
12/01 - Fresno, CA @ Strummers
12/02 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex

Halfway There Pt. 1 is available on all digital outlets now, and you can get it on iTunes here:

Watch "Despierta"

Watch "No Lie"

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Welcome to for the week of September 27th, 2016!! Please shop Amazon through RapReviews and like us on Facebook so we can bring you new material every week. This week we've got NINE NEW ITEMS for you to enjoy starting with 15 Ras Kass videos, followed by "Who Sampled It Better?" #3 and The Hip-Hop Shop #394 - Final Palace in the Sky, a couple of MMA interviews with Ozzy Dugulubgov and Ray Sefo, reviews for Rob Giano and Sinuous' "Dope Lab Oration," Ugly Heroes' "Everything In Between" (our featured review), Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!'s "Magnus Opus" and last but not least Emanuel Wallace's The (W)rap Up for September 20, 2016!

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