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@DaWhat Is Hip Hop - DJ Hyphen & J. Moore of Kube 93 Seattle (@DaWhatBenja)

'Da' What Is Hip Hop - DJ Hyphen & J. Moore of Kube 93 Seattle (Stream)

Courtesy Benja.

First off, a big congratulations is in order to the homie DJ Hyphen and J. Moore because their radio show - Sunday Night Sound Session – has just reached the 8 year mark! If you aren’t familiar yet, y’all need to catch up because it is one of the best in the country and one of the few where the music is chosen purely on quality and nothing else. 8 year anniversary of anything is a big deal but 8 years of underground music on a mainstream radio station is almost unheard of! Almost…

In addition, Hyph and J. Moore linked with Cornerstone Mixtapes to producer the May 2013 edition, #160 in their series. These guys are busy at work and I am pleased to announce that they are the next up in the ‘Da’ What is Hip Hop? series!! They discussed what hip hop means to them and the Pacific Northwest for a bit on Sunday Night Sound Session a few weeks back and I thought that this was the perfect week to release it with all of their other acomplishments culminating too. Both Hyphen and J. Moore have been involved with hip hop in one aspect or another for quite some time and the OGs had a lot of quality stuff to say about where the culture has come from, where it is now and where it’s heading. You can listen to what hip hop means to them here:

You can also check out the Cornerstone Mixtape there too. As always, I ask that you please check it out and leave a comment! The artists and I have been working very hard on this series and I would love to hear what you guys think. Give me some feedback, let the artist know what you agree with, tell the world what hip hop means to you!

For those that missed any posts in the series from from Espen of Deadbeatz, Preemo Donny Goines, Nobody Famous, KJ Hines, Rashid Hadee and more, you can catch up here:

If you haven’t already, you can watch the Sal Garcia directed trailer at either of the following links:

If you would like to get involved in the series by letting us know what hip hop means to YOU, please email Ben at with questions or comments.”

Thanks again for keeping up with ‘Da’ What is Hip Hop. It means a lot!
@Mirage512 @SideEffect215 Undergrind Tour Indiegogo Crowd-Funding

Mirage512 & Side Effect Undergrind Tour Indiegogo Crowd-Funding

Courtesy T Wood.

Side Effect and Mirage512 are putting plans in motion to head out on THE UNDERGRIND TOUR. We already have dates throughout the southwest and up north in Portland, OR.

To help this tour become a success, we have launched a Indiegogo Crowd-Funding campaign to help bring this tour to our fans.
Video: @TerryIIDOPE - "Rosetta Stone"

Video: Terry2DOPE - "Rosetta Stone"

Courtesy Nadia M.

On Behalf of Terry2DOPE I am sending this email with the visual for Rosetta Stone (Prod. by The Pyrvmids) for his upcoming project Materialistic Bullshit set to be released soon. His latest project The Clinton Era gives an insight into the life of Terry Williams and his perspectives on the importance and or value of money, women, and living in the projects.

Sweatshop Union to Release "Infinite" on May 28th (@URBNET)

Sweatshop Union to Release "Infinite" on May 28th

Courtesy URBNET.

Canadian hip-hop heavyweights Sweatshop Union, one of the hardest working ensembles to ever emerge from British Columbia, are preparing for the May 28th release of Infinite, their most ambitious album to date.

“Infinite spans about a year's time of experiences and sounds from us, whereas other albums represented maybe a few months,” explains SSU rapper/producer, Mos Eisley. “It bridges the so-called gap between conscious music and fun party music. It deals with some deep esoteric themes and it also throws caution to the wind when it's time to kick back. Its strength lies in this dichotomy.”

Infinite follows 2011’s Bill Murray EP, which won the Western Canadian Music Award for Hip-Hop Album of the Year and raised their profile beyond their grassroots following. The new LP contains a range of vibes and sounds, combining old-school hip-hop sounds with futuristic, electro headbangers, not to mention some ballads and spoken word interludes. It accomplishes the tricky task of reflecting the outfit’s individual tastes, as they inform SSU’s collective vision.

The group is prolific and moves quickly but, as of this moment, Infinite currently stands as the most eclectic record in the Sweatshop Union catalogue.

“People are gonna feel many different ways about this record, and that’s the point: it forces the listener to recognize that Sweatshop Union can not be easily categorized or predicted,” Eisley says. “I hope sincerely that people can tell that we had a lot of fun putting together all this music, and that there are many more layers left to explore.”
Video: Scavie Scoobs - LAC (2013) @ScoobsCMADE

Video: Scavie Scoobs - LAC (2013)

Courtesy Aaron U.

Once again I am pleased to bring you another visual treatment for the Scavie Scoobs track, LAC. This is the second visual from the new Scavie Scoobs EP Yola King, which will be released via Custom Made Recordings. Yola King is an eight track collaborative project between Scavie Scoobs and producer Finesse.

Audio: @KrisKelli - "I Got Ur Man" (@SteveRaze)

Audio: Kris Kelli - "I Got Ur Man"

Courtesy Steve Raze.

Kris Kelli, a rising star in the industry and Block Entertainment’s newest signee, partners up with Roc City produced track for her new single "I Got UR Man" -- an authentic dancehall-inspired record -- from her recent mixtape “Warrior.”

Audio: @BobbyBrackins f/ Clyde Carson, Ty$ - "Big Body"

Audio: Bobby Brackins f/ Clyde Carson, Ty$ - "Big Body"

Courtesy L.G.

After three weeks of charting on the Billboard Hot 100 with Ray J at #51 writing and performing hit single “I Hit it First” Bobby Brackins releases his newest record “Big Body” featuring Bay Area cohort Clyde Carson and Def Jam recording artist Ty$.

Video: YMCMB's @Caskey407 Live in Paris Freestyle & Mixtape Announcement

Video: YMCMB's Caskey Live in Paris Freestyle and Mixtape Announcement

Courtesy Maguire Promo.

YMCMB's Newest Rap Artist, Caskey, recently went to Paris with Slim & the Cash Money Records crew. He spit a freestyle live in Paris and also announced the name of his new mixtape "The Transient Classics".

Audio: Bobby @VACapri f/ Jon Conner "American Dream"

Audio: Bobby Capri f/ Jon Conner "American Dream"

Courtesy Matt B.

Bobby Capri releases his newest single from his upcoming EP, "Instant Gratification". "American Dream" features fellow wordsmith Jon Connor and is produced by Cave Precise. The two MCs paint a picture of the American Dream in 2013. “Instant Gratification” will be available for free download this month. The EP features guest appearances from Sean Price, Troy Ave, Apollo The Great & more. Executive produced by Octavius "Doc-Ock" Crouch, the EP also includes production from DJ Stylez, True 2 Life Music, Linz Prag, J-Mac, & more.

Audio: @AWAR - Ash to Dust (Produced by Sid Roams)

Audio: AWAR - Ash to Dust (Produced by Sid Roams)

Courtesy Melanie J Cornish.

The introduction track from AWAR's "The Laws Of Nature" album, produced by Sid Roams (Bravo & Joey Chavez). This is an intense display of ventilation about the life of man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. This is theme music for when you feel like Something has to give. Support the arts by copping "The Laws Of Nature" CD or iTUNES.

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