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Video - @junclassic: NY Won't Stop (@KevinNottingham)

Video - junclassic: NY Won't Stop

Courtesy Kevin Nottingham.

junclassic taps director Diego A. Garcia to give us some visuals to the single "NY Won't Stop", the lead single off the album BLVD Backdrop available today on HiPNOTT Records. Produced by DJ Bazooka Joe with cuts by 2 Kool Tony, this track embodies the NY Hip Hop sound and gives listeners a full course offering of what to expect from BLVD Backdrop.

@NutsoPPM @DjLowCut "In The Cut" Free Instrumental EP

Nutso & Dj Low Cut "In The Cut" Free Instrumental EP

Courtesy DLC.

You can purchase "In the Cut" on iTunes, Amazone, Bandcamp (free MP3 instantly sent when order cd or vinyl) and almost everywhere. Available in Digital/CD/Vinyl.

@TrekLife - We Good (f. @Oddisee @Belvi @Funklogik) @MelloMusicGroup

Trek Life - We Good (f. Oddisee, Belvi, Funklogik)

Courtesy Mello Music Group.

West Coast mic monster Trek Life and his beatmaking partner in crime Duke Westlake are back with a summer time jam everyone can relate to - We Good (feat. Oddisee, Belvi, Funklogik).

Audio: Blue Legacy & The Militia - Snow Drifts

Audio: Blue Legacy & The Militia - Snow Drifts

Courtesy James X.

Johannesburg/New York - Queens, NY rapper - Blue Legacy (best know for being featured on the high energy New York anthem “Fight 4 New York”, which was aired on power 105fm) teams up with Johannesburg beatsmith/producer - The Militia (known for his "Timeless Classic EP" that featured the likes of Skyzoo last September) to bring listeners there first single "Snow Drifts" off their soon to be released "True Fiction" EP. The native Queens emcee drops some hard bars over an icy boom bap beat.

Video: @GensuDean @PlanetAsia "Bar Mitzvah" (@MelloMusicGroup)

Video: Gensu Dean & Planet Asia - "Bar Mitzvah"

Courtesy Mello Music Group.

Gensu Dean & Planet Asia drop off some new visuals from "Abrasions" - this time it's a "Bar Mitzvah". PA spits fire over Dean's unrelenting production. This that fly sh*t.

@DiceRaw (The Roots) Previews "JIMMIE'S BACK" Mass Incarceration Album (@SimsPR)

Dice Raw (The Roots) Previews "JIMMIE'S BACK" Mass Incarceration Album

Courtesy Sims PR.

Grammy Nominated Rapper/Producer DICE RAW of The Roots
Previews New Concept Album Based on NYT Bestseller
"The New Jim Crow"

Philadelphia, PA - It's 2013, but if you look at the injustice today, for millions of Black men especially, it feels more like we're in the 1900s. Guess what?...Jimmie's Back!

On the heels of his 2013 Grammy nomination for his contributions to The Roots album, Undun, Dice Raw is set to preview his new concept album entitled "JIMMIE'S BACK", inspired by the New York Times bestselling book, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness" by Dr. Michelle Alexander.

Anticipated Release Date: August 4, 2013.

As a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Dice Raw is no stranger to the perils of the streets. Though his own story is one of triumph, with the album "Jimmie's Back", Dice is painting his own unique picture of the plight of men in urban environments. Through song, his take on the struggles, temptations, and injustices suffered especially by minority men is one for the ages. THIS ALBUM IS ALREADY BEING CALLED A "NECESSARY CLASSIC" BY INDUSTRY VETS AND TASTEMAKERS.

The first single, "OVER", featured a crooning Dice Raw on the hook, in between his always clever but simplistically-easy flow on this tune about giving up.
Audio: Planetary (Outerspace/AOTP), @RevofEMS, Aims (Produced By Whatson)

Audio: Planetary (Outerspace/AOTP), M-Dot (EMS), Aims (Produced By Whatson)

Courtesy MJ.

German Producer Whatson provides a second single off his latest release CD "Detour". The song passes the microphone to Planetary (Outerspace/AOTP), M-Dot (EMS) & Aims.

derek christoff x the arkeologists: 
The d.ark tape (@DSisive @URBNET)

derek christoff x the arkeologists: 
The d.ark tape

Courtesy URBNET.

In 2007, I walked into a basement that would change my art forever. I realize that sentence is super dramatic, and equally as rape-y, but it’s the only way I can describe it. It was dark. Small. Low ceilings. Filled with cigarette smoke. I sat down on the couch, while Norman Krates [The Arkeologists] prepped his MPC2000 for our first session.

I ate a submarine sandwich. He rolled a joint. I swallowed a Percocet. He chopped up a sample. And I began writing what would become Kneecaps. A song, along with Laundry Room, that would make critics and music listeners look past the court jester of an artist I once was. A song that would literally change my life.

In 2013, I returned to the same basement to conduct an interview with Norman for a special 5 year anniversary release of my debut record, The B.O.O.K. While listening to him reminisce, I began having flashbacks of those sessions. I felt like 2007 again. A few days later I went back to hang out. Hanging out would result in Norm playing me beats. Which would result in me writing The Reunion Tour. We sat and listened to that song for an hour straight. It was 2007 again. We decided to keep going till we hit ten songs. All raw. All songs recorded on a $200 8-track in one day. All first takes. Embrace the imperfections. No promotion. Keep it basement.

Ladies and gentlemen…
The D.Ark Tape.
Audio: @junclassic - "BLVD Backdrop" (@KevinNottingham)

Audio: junclassic - "BLVD Backdrop"

Courtesy Kevin Nottingham.

For his 8th solo LP, Queens emcee junclassic teams up NY DJ/producer Bazooka Joe for BLVD Backdrop. Produced entirely by Bazooka Joe, BLVD Backdrop is a heavy East Coast Boom Bap Hip Hop album made for the streets, avenues and boulevards worldwide.

BLVD Backdrop is straight raw, unadulterated New York Hip Hop. Comprised of 13 tracks, the album includes features from Ceez, King Cesar, Evolve and C-Rayz Walz; with cuts by 2 Kool Tony and DJ 717. Standout tracks include the album leak "Rugged N' Hard", the LL Cool J inspired track "Rep Queens" and the current lead single "NY Won't Stop".

BLVD Backdrop is now exclusively streaming via The DJBooth. It will be made available for direct purchase on Tuesday, June 25th.
@DroPolo Brings Out @TIP To Perform "FDB" at the V103 Car + Bike Show

Young Dro Brings Out TI To Perform "FDB" at the V103 Car + Bike Show

Courtesy Chris @ E1.

Watch Young Dro perform "FDB" live at the V103 Car + Bike Show HERE. Cop Young Dro's new mixtape Day Two is OUT NOW on DatPiff.

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