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L.I.F.E. Long x Big Ape "Samurai Code Of Honor" (Digi 12" + Video)

From DubMD:

L.I.F.E. Long x Big Ape "Samurai Code Of Honor" (Digi 12" + Video)

L.I.F.E. Long alongside producer Big Ape from Sweden's production and DJ crew Elite Fleet bring to you the first single off there upcoming LP "Crossing The Globe" which will be available online July 26th, 2011.
The single "Samurai Code of Honor" has a special remix beat different then the LP version featuring Prince Po from the legendary crew Organized Konfusion and U.G. of the legendary crew Cella Dwellas! This remix will not appear on the LP so enjoy this single as an exclusive that is now available at iTunes x Bandcamp on Fly Definition Music. .

Knowledge Medina - The Flow Documentary EP (prod. Soul Theory)

From Soul Theory:

Knowledge Medina - The Flow Documentary EP (prod. Soul Theory)

BRAND NEW! - Knowledge Medina - The Flow Documentary EP - Produced by Soul Theory

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Knowledge Medina's long-awaited album, The Flow Documentary EP, is finally here! It is available for free download from Studio 643 and features 7 brand new songs, including the soulful 'Gunshine State' anthem, "F.L.A.", the laid-back jazzy "Forever" ft. Soul Theory & Reks, and the ominous, gritty narrative of street tribulations, "The 9mm". All songs are produced, mixed, and mastered by Soul Theory.

Soul Theory has a unique production style that ranges from soul and jazz with layered melodies to gritty street-inspired sounds with signature basslines. Soul Theory has produced  previous soundscapes for the likes of Reks, Skyzoo, Termanology, Mac Miller, Nature, G.Dep, Rasco, Anjuli Stars, Reef The Lost Cauze, Edo G, and hundreds of artists worldwide.

A lot of time, hard work, and dedication went into this album and we hope you love it as much as we do.

As always, thank you to all of the bloggers, writers, and fans that show love, you truly are family to us!

Feel free to leave comments on the website, your comments and thoughts are appreciated. Enjoy!

Video: Sean Price Talks "Random Axe" Album

Video: Sean Price Talks "Random Axe" Album

Video: Tity Boi Talks About Lil B's "I'm Gay" Album

Video: Tity Boi Talks About Lil B's "I'm Gay" Album

Video: Big Boi Talks About Being Signed to 2 Labels

Video: Big Boi Talks About Being Signed to 2 Labels

MP3: Jha Jha (Dipset) - "You Be Killen Em" a/k/a "Way I Move"

From Rap Star Promo:

MP3: Jha Jha (Dipset) - "You Be Killen Em (Freestyle)" a/k/a "Way I Move"

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Download: J-Roots presents Burnt Fingaz Vol. 2

From Park Street PR:

Download: J-Roots presents Burnt Fingaz Vol. 2

Burnt Fingaz vol. 2 is the new release from Norwich based producer and founder of Burnt Fingaz studio, J-Roots. Born out of the East Anglian sound system culture and after years paying dues for the infamous Concrete Roots sound, J-Roots has been studying his craft getting busy with the MPC and lacing some hard hitting boom bap riddims for some of the areas most hardcore spittas.

This compilation is all produced recorded and mixed by the man himself at the Burnt Fingaz lab situated deep in the heart of Norwich's clubland area. Long after all the cheesy hell hole nightclubs have spilled out and the plastic party goers have puked their last kebab on the pavement  you can hear the sub lows rumble and drums crunching as J-Roots and the fam get to work dropping hardcore reality rhymes on uncompromising  beats in the smoked out basement sessions. This is the vibe that carries through the recordings. The realness.


01 - Drop This feat. Soldjasoulz, Franko Fraize
02 - Pick of The Litter feat. Lyrical T, Soldjasoulz
03 - Stubborn Minds feat. Soldjasoulz, J-Karma
04 - 2s for da show feat. Reds
05 - Warning feat. Lyrical T
06 - Ride Out feat. TSK, Soldjasoulz
07 - Choices feat. Reds

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Mixtape: Big T - "Full Course"

From Future Star Music:

Mixtape: Big T - "Full Course"




Big T is as an artist that epitomizes the Chicago sound and lifestyle.  He brings that recognizable Chi-Town flavor to all music projects.  The popular emcee has hopped in the ring with rap battle heavy weights and has generated over 3 million Youtube views.  Further, Big T has worked and collaborated with several platinum artists within the music industry.  Today Big T releases the second rendition of his mix tape collection “Full Course” which is hosted by DJ White Owl.  The “Full Course” mixtape is loaded with singles that touch upon serious subjects but also delivers plenty of party tracks which you and your momma will enjoy.  DJ's download and support a hot new artist.

Download: Cold Heat f/ Blacastan & Craig G, "Raising the Bar"

From Matt @ Coalmine:

Download: Cold Heat f/ Blacastan & Craig G, "Raising the Bar"

Queens based hip-hop duo Jak D (MC) and Jay W (producer), better known as Cold Heat get set to drop their third LP, Raising The Bar, on July 19th through Soulspazm Digital.  Raising The Bar continues in the tradition of both of their previous ‘bar' themed releases, Bar Hoppin and LIfe Behind Bars, respectively.  With their latest effort, the duo declare their emancipation, showcasing a discernible maturation as artist and producer.  The duplicity of the title suggests that they have raised their own quality standards, but have also upped the ante in the game as whole  "…the price of liquor just went up" says Jak D.

 Cold Heat are no strangers to success.  From their inception, the duo has managed to rally an impressive list of accolades in an incredibly short amount of time.  In promotion of their 2007 released debut album Bar Hoppin (Bomb Hip-Hop), both Jak and Jay toured the U.S. as the opening act for Sadat X (of Brand Nubian).  This led Jay W to work closely with Sadat, receiving executive production credits on the 2009 release of his Brand New Bein' LP (Traffic Entertainment Group).  That same year, Jak D was featured on two tracks on DJ JS-1's No Sellout producer compilation (Ground Original/Fatbeats).  2010 marked a milestone for the Queens duo, as their previously released Life Behind Bars LP (Soulspazm/Ground Original), which includes guest features from Torae, G Wiz (Bravehearts), O.C., JS-1, Da Beatminerz, Craig G, Sean Price, Large Professor and the Brown Bag AllStars among others, was selected by iTunes as one of the top indie hip-hop albums of the year.

Raising The Bar opens with "Nobodies Leaving Alive", which finds Jak D delivering a 48 bar, hook-free intro with reckless abandon over Jay W's orchestral production, to serve a clear reminder that the bar has been set, and set high.  The title track "Raising The Bar", featuring Blacastan & the legendary Craig G, represents lyrical warfare at its finest as hour as the three emcee's blitzkrieg over Jay W's apocalyptic production. "Thinking Out Loud" highlight's Jak's artistic growth and personal integrity as he addresses what's truly important in this life; friendship, loyalty, and being true to oneself.  On "Looking For You", Jak argues against the institution of religion, but is eager to find a sign of God's existence, where on "When You Coming Home", Jak takes on the first person narrative of a little boy writing a letter to his father, an enlisted soldier that he hasn't seen in over two years.

Features on Raising The Bar are used sparingly, but very deliberately, such as the triumphant "Taking It All", featuring the ‘Wild Cowboy' Sadat X and mixtape icon J-Love, the ominous, synth-heavy "Smoke That Drink That", featuring Screwball's Blaq Poet, "Spanish Guitars" featuring Nico The Beast, SR, Neta & Meyhem Lauren, "Rolling Through" featuring Keith Spitz as well as the aforementioned "Raising The Bar".

When asked about their approach to recording Raising The Bar, Jak W states:  "This album means striving to do what I love at the highest level it can be done.  It means pushing myself to step outside of my comfort zone so that I can grow as an artist and more importantly as a person."  Jay W adds: "There's no doubt that we raised the bar on this album – this is our best effort to date."

There is no question that the Queens-duo break new ground with their latest effort.  Cold Heat deliver their benchmark album that is as conceptually diverse and honest as it is braggadocio and animated.  On July 19th, the there is a new gold standard - the bar has officially been raised.


01. Nobodies Leaving Alive
02. Hard To Chill
03. Raising The Bar (feat. Blacastan & Craig G)
04. Thinking Out Loud
05. Flashing
06. Spanish Guitars (feat. Nico The Beast, SR, Neta, MeyhemLauren)
07. Looking For You
08. Rolling Through (feat. Keith Spitz)
09. When You Coming Home
10. Given This World
11. Place Near You
12. Man On The Mic
13. Taking It All (feat. Sadat X & J-Love)
14. Smoke That Drink (feat. Blaq Poet)

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Free Download: The Groundbreakers - "Sleepless"

From Dunn Deal PR:

Free Download: The Groundbreakers - "Sleepless"

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This is a free download from Vancouver, Canada's only boom-bap band The GroundBreakers (Attikus, GBoXX, Backbone, Babie Paul The Breakcharmer, and DJ Leaf). This feel-good five-man hip hop band  lays down velvety flows over this REL!G!ON produced single. The track is available through Wandering Worx Music.

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