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@BenefitCTN - "Timing of The Godfather" (@KevinNottingham)


Mixtape: Benefit - "Timing of The Godfather"

Courtesy Kevin Nottingham.

Massachusetts’ Rhyme Boss, Benefit, links up with KevinNottingham.com and Bourne Fiore to release his latest project, Time of The Godfather, featuring Young Buck, Famoso, Shabaam Sahdeeq, PumpkinHead, Born Unique, Mokeout, M-Dot & more.

Audio: @FazeOne_ "TITS (EP)" @thewordisbond


Audio: Faze One - "TITS (EP)"

Courtesy WordIsBond.

Faze One is back with another heater! This 5-Track EP, titled cleverly "T.I.T.S" (This Is That Shit), is just in time before the summer is up. This serves as the pre-heater to the upcoming release "The Hill Has Eyes" which is expected to release soon! T.I.T.S features songs that have garnered much attention at Faze One's performances, such as "The Return" and "Everyday". Enjoy yours TITS!

Free EP: 14KT - "Lincoln Lux" (@MelloMusicGroup)


Free EP: 14KT - "Lincoln Lux"

Courtesy MMG.

Michigan producer 14KT continues to stomp thru with his pre-album campaign for the critically acclaimed upcoming album "Nickel & Dimed" (9/3). The instrumental series record contains 14 new soundscapes from KT, but it also includes 7 incredible vocal tracks featuring Black Milk, JMSN, Kokane, Blu, and more. We've given listeners a taste of the vocal versions with "Crown f. Black Milk & MED." So this week we decided to let listeners take a Test Drive with a full free Ep of 4 new instrumental tracks including a bonus non-album joint titled "No Sleep (The Sound Of Stress)."

Audio: @JkJ412 @PalermoStone "Ring of Fire" (@RareNation)


Audio: JkJ & Palermo Stone - "Ring of Fire"

Courtesy R.A.R.E. Nation.

R.A.R.E Nation's newest signee, JkJ, joins forces with Palermo Stone for "Ring of Fire," the first single from their upcoming collaborative album, Hey Young World 3. The KilZ-produced track provides a catchy melody for casual fans and hard-hitting lyrics for hip hop purists.

Audio: Stevie Ross - "GrlsNyaLfe" (@steviebawse)


Audio: Stevie Ross - "GrlsNyaLfe"

Courtesy Yev K.

New single available on Soundcloud!

@DaWhat Is Hip Hop? - Skinny-C Editorial (@DaWhatBenja)


Da What Is Hip Hop? - Skinny-C Editorial

Courtesy Benja.

Atlanta. Ga emcee Skinny-C’s got something to say! Repping the dirty South and shedding light on hip hop’s path there, he takes us through the customs and beliefs of a Southern rapper. From when everyone in New York essentially refused to acknowledge anything south of the Mason-Dixie line leading up to when Atlanta and the South have been running things for quite some time. Skinny-C the next to blow!

http://da-what.com/2013/08/12/da-what-is-hip-hop-skinny-c-editorial/
Video: @JasonPacks f/ AR-AB "What You Need" (prod. Nugz)


Video: Jason Packs f/ AR-AB "What You Need" (prod. Nugz)

Courtesy Breaking Ground Music.

New music and video as we go from Toronto to Philly. Acclaimed Toronto street rapper Jason Packs drops us his latest visual treatment featuring Ar-Ab called "What You Need". The record is off Jason Packs latest mixtape release "Still Packin Still Trappin" hosted by Grz Tapez entirely produced by Nugz. The project will be available for free download at datpiff.com.

Mixtape: @DJCostheKid - "Fully Loaded"


Mixtape: DJ Cos the Kid - "Fully Loaded"

Courtesy DCTK.

Finally after a few delays DJ Cos The Kid drops his new "Fully Loaded" mixtape. The title pretty much speaks for it self as the project is packed full with 36 slaps for your listening enjoyment. Check out the project, tracklist & download the project in full all below.

@MurderDogMag Celebrates 20 Years of Publishing (@BallinPR)


PR: Murder Dog Magazine Celebrates 20 Years of Publishing

Courtesy Ballin PR.

(Vallejo, CA) Rap magazine Murder Dog celebrates its 20th year in print, a monumental feat in the volatile print publishing climate. What started as an idea in a tiny room in Vallejo, California in 1993 has out-lived most other print outlets, including Blaze, Rap Pages, Rap Sheet, Elemental, among others.

“Amongst the existing magazines,” explains Black Dog Bone, editor-in-chief since the magazine’s inception in 1993, “Murder Dog is the only one with all original owners and staff--and its original vision.”

The reason the magazine still thrives? According to Black Dog Bone, Murder Dog is simply following the changes in hip-hop culture overall. "It's becoming more diverse in terms of the music and fashion, so it makes sense that the readers evolve along with the culture. We always remained true to our readers though and people stuck with us."

As hip-hop journalism flourished in late 90s, Murder Dog remained the rawest of the outlets, supporting hard-core gangsta rappers from the Bay Area, the south, the midwest and the east coast. The magazine hired music fans instead of professional writers, and produced unconventional layouts instead of the highly stylized graphics of the competition.

As Murder Dog continued to publish, the readers--along with the contents of the magazine --diversified. Features on backpack groups Zion I and Hieroglyphics Crew, dejays hailing from India to Brazil, and horror-core group Insane Clown Posse became regular subjects alongside the gangster rap groups the magazine was known for covering.

More, Murder Dog often featured artists on their covers before anyone else. “Rick Ross, Three 6 Mafia, Master P, Lil Wayne, Juvenile, 50 Cent, Machine Gun Kelly," says Black Dog Bone, "we were the first to put these artists on our cover.”

At a time when most print magazines are experiencing a sharp decline in readership, Murder Dog's readership has increased. In fact, with the addition of a digital version and the website, www.murderdog.com, international readership has flourished. “It’s not just the Rick Ross or Tech9 fans who read our magazine,” notes Black Dog. Fans of Tyler the Creator, MIA, and Die Antwood buy it, along with Juggalos. “Hipsters read Murder Dog!” insists Black Dog Bone.

To mark the 20th Anniversary, and its unique place in hip-hop journalism, the current issue stays true to form: It includes features on the Seattle and Stockton, Cali rap scenes, along with interviews with Pusha T of the Clipse, Freddie Gibbs, Tech N9ne and Strange Music new artists, DJ Khaled and his label, We The Best, and Jacka and Husalah of Mob Figaz.

"I got so much history with Murder Dog—from buying it to being a part of it to being on the cover of that muthafucka. That was a big thing, to be on the cover of Murder Dog! -Tech N9NE

"I still have a special framed copy of the Three 6 cover with us holding the guns, and the one with me wearing the 666 shirt. Murder Dog brought the South and West coast together, and helped all us get fans and each others' market." -DJ Paul (36 Mafia)

"Shouts out to Murder Dog for holding down the Bay while the rest of the world was sleeping. Love starts at home." - Zumbi
Video: STORi - "Bloodclot" (@STORImusic)


Video: STORi - "Bloodclot"

Courtesy NextDay.

Recent Motown signee Stori is something of a triple threat in that she can sing, rap and is also fine as hell. Her song called “Pocketbook,” which you can stream on Stori’s website, displays the first two talents, but the latter two can be experienced in abundance in the video for “Bloodclot,” where the New Jersey native raps exactly like all-but-forgotten rap titan, Method Man.


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