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Video: MonkeyBarz Freestyle Cypher, Episode 3 (Chicago)

Video: MonkeyBarz Freestyle Cypher, Episode 3 (Chicago)

From Wanja Lange.

MP3: Hassaan Mackey - "Something" (prod. Apollo Brown)

MP3: Hassaan Mackey - "Something" (prod. Apollo Brown)

From Mello Music Group.

Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown are sharing the final single from the Daily Bread album, the introspective "Something."  The chemistry between Apollo Brown and Hassaan Mackey are undeniable, fans and critics alike have spoken loud and clear, singing praises for the recently released album.  In an album that is characterized by it's gritty sound and raw raps, "Something" is a reflective song about love, memories, loss, and pain.
The heartfelt chorus echos through a filter with surprising emotional power drawn from the truth of the lyrical content being delivered by Hassaan:
"Lose my mind to the memory of you / makes me think of all the sh*t we been through / Lose my mind to the thought of you / of you." 
Apollo combines the solid 1-2 hard snare with a crackling record, light chimes, and swirling strings.
Free Download:
Daily Bread (Apollo Brown & Hassaan Mackey) "Something": .
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MP3: NoraLynn Rowe f/ Tity Boi (2 Chainz) - "We Know E'rbody"

MP3: NoraLynn Rowe f/ Tity Boi (2 Chainz) - "We Know E'rbody"

From M3W.

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MP3: Metermaids To Release Rooftop Shake On September 6

MP3: Metermaids To Release Rooftop Shake Via Strange Famous Records On September 6

From Audible Treats.

New Album Features 9th Wonder, Sage Francis, DJ Rob Swift; "Graveyard Shift" Released As First Single

(August 3, 2011 - Brooklyn, NY) Metermaids, the tag-team duo of rappers Sentence and Swell, are excited to announce their new LP, Rooftop Shake. The two Brooklynites have picked an A-team to work with for the album, enlisting 9th Wonder, DJ Rob Swift of the X-Ecutioners, and Sage Francis. Sage Francis is also responsible for the release of Rooftop Shake, through his label, Strange Famous Records, on September 6th.

After releasing a slew of EP's over the past couple years, Metermaids perked the ears of a variety of big-name players, including Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder, who produced half of the new LP. "It was obviously a dream come true," says Metermaids of working with 9th. "We hung out in North Carolina with him for six days, and made five songs together while we were there. It was a blast."

Subsequently, Metermaids also caught the attention of Sage Francis after touring together. Impressed by the duo, Sage not only lent his assistance for the new project, but signed Metermaids to his Strange Famous Records this past year. "When we were putting together the album, Sage helped us pick out beats, he helped us with direction," explains Swell. "And he sent back two tracks with incredible verses on them," adds Sentence, alluding to "Bad Things" and "Kill The Crow," the latter of which also features Buck 65.

"Graveyard Shift," the lead single from Rooftop Shake, is a tribute to those who hustle hard, way past bedtime, with Rob Swift cutting up 9th Wonder's wailing, electric guitar-driven beat. "Neither of us sleep - ever - and when we heard 9th's beat, it gave us that vibe of being up all night," says Metermaids. "So that's exactly what we wrote about. 'Same shit, different night' sums up the song perfectly."

As the album's lead single, "Graveyard Shift," is a good taste of what fans can expect from much of Rooftop Shake: a pairing of 9th Wonder's classic production with Metermaids' punk attitude and sharp delivery. Matt Stine held up the other half of production with tracks like the aforementioned "Bad Things," which Swell says is "in my top five favorite beats ever," while 9th Wonder also appears with a few guest verses of his own on tracks including "Gone" and the albums' title track "Rooftop Shake."

Download "Graveyard Shift" here: .

Big K.R.I.T. - Happy Birthday Hip Hop feat. Yelawolf

Big K.R.I.T. - Happy Birthday Hip Hop feat. Yelawolf

From KRIT at ReturnOf4Eva:

I wanted to leak this record for all the supporters of this artform we call hiphop.

Its off my Dj Wally Sparks cd that he is droppin aug 18th. Me & yela recorded this a few months ago at Treesounds in atl.

To download Happy Birthday Hip Hop feat. Yelawolf - vist here -

- K.R.I.T.

MP3: Timbaland f/ David Guetta, Pitbull - "Pass At Me"

MP3: Timbaland f/ David Guetta, Pitbull - "Pass At Me"

Courtesy of M3W.

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S.P.E.C. Dolla Presents..."Classical Muzik: Part 2" (Mixtape)

S.P.E.C. Dolla Presents..."Classical Muzik: Part 2" (Mixtape)

Courtesy of DubMD84.

“I just tried to make Part 2 pick up where the first one left off without missing a beat. I had a lot of fun with this project I just hope its as fun of a listen as it was to record”. - S.P.E.C. Dolla
Nearly 3 years after the release of the original S.P.E.C. Dolla (formally known as Spectacula) brings you "Classical Muzik Part 2." with production from V.I., Bad News, Clockwise, The Alchemist & S.P.E.C. Dolla.
S.P.E.C. brings new life to classics by marrying a modern day approach of beat making to the original samples of hip hop songs from legends such as Nas, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, DMX, Biz Markie and many more.
01.) Picture Me Rolling (feat. Notti Brasco) (Produced By S.P.E.C. Dolla)
02.) Things Done Changed (Produced By V.I.)
03.) Hurry Up This Way (Produced By S.P.E.C. Dolla)
04.) Determination (feat. Kev G., Bad News & Celeb)
05.) They Won’t Get A Crumb (Produced By V.I.)
06.) False Claims (Produced By S.P.E.C. Dolla)
07.) It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Produced By Bad News)
08.) Fat Butt & A Pretty Face (feat. Kev G.) (Produced By V.I. & S.P.E.C. Dolla)
09.) What I Need (Produced By V.I.)
10.) Woo…. (Produced By V.I.)
11.) Destroy Rebuild Move On (feat. V.I.) (Produced By The Alchemist)
12.) Maintain (feat. Bad News) (Produced By Clockwise)
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MP3: Deca - "Due Time"

MP3: Deca - "Due Time"

Courtesy of Rapperfriends.

Being a traveler never hurts for inspiration. Ask Deca. Coming from the mountains of Colorado, relocating to LA and now finding a home in Queens NY,he is not short of a hip hop story line. A beatsmith that rhymes with Denver street mentality is not the exact person you'd expect to land the cover of XXL next month, but the element of surprise may beg you to differ. Behind the MPC/Mic for 13 years telling tales of boom bap with lines like "My man was in the parking lot doped up, He nodded out and never woke up," send chills down the average listeners spine. Having opened up for the likes of Talib Kweli, Blackalicious, and Redman, and rocking crowds over his own production will soon put him in the ranks as Havoc of Mobb Deep and Black Milk. NYC seems to bring the flavor out of every artist that comes here, and with a new life and a new home,his sell produced introduction to the world with "Due Time" proves he is here at the right time.

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follow Deca on twitter @decamusic .

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Video: Wise Intelligent Rips the 34th Rock Steady Anniversary

Video: Wise Intelligent Rips the 34th Rock Steady Anniversary

Courtesy of Intelligent Muzik.

MP3: Sonnymoon - "Yes" (Beyonce Cover)

MP3: Sonnymoon - "Yes" (Beyonce Cover)

Courtesy of Nora Ritchie.

Pitchfork: "Sonnymoon, a duo from Boston, have an intuitive knack for merging a strong melody with loose grooves and sleek textures." - Matthew Perpetua

Giantstep: "The futuristic electro-soul duo Sonnymoon have come out from the lab to sprinkle a little of their fairy dust on us."

The electronic 'cosmic soul' duo Sonnymoon, made up of Anna Wise on vocals and Dane Orr on production, present us today with a remix of Beyonce's "Yes" from 2003's Dangerously In Love . The song keeps intact the strong R&B melodies of the original, but adds in the coos of Anna's assertive, yet dreamy voice and the celestial frequencies of Dane's production.

(MP3 Download) Sonnymoon - "Yes" (Beyonce Cover): .

A little over a year ago, Sonnymoon released a remix of Drake's "Houstatlantavegas." With no pr team or label, and without even their first public gig under their belt, the track quickly spread. In a matter of months, over 40k fans had listened to and shared the track giving Sonnymoon the beginnings of a completely organic fan base and putting their career into motion.

Sonnymoon then released their stellar free EP Golden Age of original music to high acclaim and were quickly thereafter signed to Plug Research. Plug Research, a staple in the evolving electronic scene in L.A., give artists full creative and artistic expression resulting in highly engaging and groundbreaking music. Previous releases on the label include Bilal's Airtight's Revenge, Quadron's self-titled debut, Flying Lotus' 1983 and Exile's Radio.

Best Of The Rest:
(MP3) Flying Lotus - "Zodiac Shift" (Sonnymoon Remix): .
(MP3) Sonnymoon - Houstalantavegas (Drake Cover): .
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(EP) Sonnymoon - Golden Age: .

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