T.I. on Conviction: I Felt the Need to Purchase Guns
DJ Vlad: T.I. opens up about his federal weapons charge, which he said happened as a result of his urge to purchase guns for his protection. He also speaks on the differences and similarities of "rubber band man" and "trouble man."
Audio: Moka Blast "Michael Bay" from Ladies Love Moka
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Call him Michael Bay! Queens lyricist Moka Blast is ready for 2013 with his latest single "Michael Bay", produced by Miami's Skrilla The Hitman! This track appears on Moka's upcoming mixtape Ladies Love Moka hosted by Superstar Jay, slated for release on January 15!
Rapper Prano (@pranobbm) recently released the official music video for the song "So Long." The song can be found on Prano's latest mixtape, Pranobama, which you can listen to for free at www.pranobama.com.
Video: N.B.S. f/ CheckMark (of Skitzofreniks) & Virtuoso "Turn Up The Heat"
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Hometown heavyweights N.B.S. ‘Turn Up the Heat’ off of their recently released EP “The Dispensary” with long-time friend CheckMark (of Skitzforeniks) and label mate Virtuoso. Backed by explosive production courtesy of Vanderslice (Army of the Pharaohs, Alchemist, Evidence, Blaq Poet), the Cambridge emcee’s show exactly why they’ve been mainstays of independent street conscious hip-hop.
Making beats and djing since 1999, PHAX is no rookie to the game. In 2004 he joined the 724Goodfellas and has produced songs for artists like Freeman of french supergroup IAM, Germany's Tone and Europe's biggest Hip Hop magazine JUICE. Together with DJ Saibz & DJ D-fekt he forms the DJ team "Like Ham in The Pan".
What up! I wanted to hit you with this mix I just did of just a few of my favorite tracks that I produced last year. I didn't make a track list but the mix contains tracks, features, and remixes from Onyx, Mobb Deep, Big Noyd, Consequence, John Legend, Method Man, Freddie Gibbs, Homeboy Sandman, Journalist 103, Saigon, Chuuwee, Don Trip, REKS, Brown Bag AllStars, Blacastan, Wise Intelligent, Dres & Jarobi and more!
Sha Stimuli Releases "Hold Me Down" ft. Phene, King Malachi
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Sha Stimuli recently released a collaboration album with Atlanta based production duo, Dynamite Bruhz. The project boasts notable features such as Planet Asia, Skyzoo, King Malachi of the Dungeon Family, Phene, + more... Check out Track #8 below..
South Jersey artist Willie Starks. He recently released his latest single Runaway featuring crooner J.Munoz from his forth-coming EP "Fear & Faith" which is due to be released late February, is set to be a game changer, displaying so many different styles on one project. Starks has been working closely with Waju Beats of Street Racer Productions to create a fresh new sound, also producing some records himself with additional production from New Jersey based producers, Kameron Cooper & SpvcxGvng. Starks transcends genres and understands the significance of breaking barriers and extending a "rapper's" limitations.
Besides the ever looming cloud called "gangsta rap" that the West will forever be associated with, a new caliber of skill driven MCs are emerging out of the Left Coast and one among this growing breed is a complex personality simply known as Kaliq.
Born to NOI minister Jamal Muhammad and Martha Pitts, Kaliq grew up in the midst of the Hip Hop influenced LA rebellion, which set him on the path to use his talent to teach the masses. Kaliq's father introduced him to Hip Hop through the likes of Wu Tang, Common, Nas, James Brown, and Lauryn Hill, instilling in him the pro-Black, positive themes that still resonate in his music today. Now residing in Phoenix, Kaliq has solidified himself on the Arizona scene, dropping 10 well-received projects there, which blossomed into an opportunity to write songs for the one and only Dr. Dre in LA. An avid practitioner of mixed martial arts, Kaliq is dedicated to living a positive and healthy lifestyle that he intends to promote through his music and his everyday life.