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@LifeOfGQ's 'Death Threats and Love Notes: The Prelude' Mixtape

Audio: GQ's 'Death Threats and Love Notes: The Prelude' Mixtape

Courtesy Matt B.

They say it’s different across the bridge, and there is something definitely different about GQ. In the words of 9th Wonder, simply put, “he’s a star”. GQ, who Grammy Award winning producer, 9th Wonder, coins his “secret weapon” is not only a former NCAA basketball champion, but in fact Oakland’s next Hip Hop hero.

Video: A-Wax - "Pie-Rx Boy" (@WaxFase)

Video: A-Wax - "Pie-Rx Boy"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Surrounding the release of his Jesus Malverde album, Pittsburg, California, rapper A-Wax has put out a string of finely crafted videos, most recently today's "Pie-Rx Boy." A nod to A-Wax's own label Pie-Rx Recordz and the team who makes it happen, in-house collaborators Brian Reyes and Teddy Gyi of Sigmond IV Multimedia once again oversee the treatment, which features A-Wax as an employee of the fictional late night diner "Rex's Diner."

Audio: @Gee_Watts f/ @KendrickLamar - "Watts R.I.O.T." (@RapPublicist)

Audio: Gee Watts f/ Kendrick Lamar - "Watts R.I.O.T."

Courtesy Nancy B.

Gee Watts' "Watts R.I.O.T." ft. Kendrick Lamar is from "Watts Up" the mixtape, dropping April 7th. They recorded it a little under a year ago on Kendrick Lamar's tour bus when he was opening for Drake's "Club Paradise Tour" in Kansas City, MO (Gee Watts Hometown).

Video: @DoubleDuchess1 (Bay Area Electro-Hop) - "Deviant"

Video: Double Duchess (Bay Area Electro-Hop) - "Deviant"

Courtesy Ballin PR.

Right off the heals of SXSW, San Francisco's electro-hop duo Double Duchess release their new, visually stunning video for the track "Deviant", the next single from their forthcoming summer EP.

The Uncluded (@AesopRockWins & Kimya Dawson) - "Delicate Cycle"

Video: The Uncluded (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson) - "Delicate Cycle"

Courtesy Jim M.

Wanted to share with you this brand new Pete Lee-directed music video from The Uncluded (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson) for their single "Delicate Cycle," which premiered today on MTVu. The video features 'perma-kitten' cat superstar Lil Bub. Watch the video below:

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@DJLowCut: "France's Finest NY Minute Remix"

DJ Low Cut: "France's Finest NY Minute Remix"

Courtesy DLC.

Yes, french people are mean, proud, always on strike, eat only baguettes....but we also make FUCKING BEATS!!! Here's the proof with this Remix Album of Dj Low Cut's "NY Minute" by best french beatmakers as: Al'Tarba, I.N.C.H., Ghetto Blaster, Grim Reaperz, Crown, Ugly Tony, Mistamaff, Astonaute, Flev & Dj Brans.

Audio: @RATheRuggedMan + @TalibKweli (@NatureSounds @GreenHipHop)

Audio: R.A. The Rugged Man + Talib Kweli

Courtesy Nature Sounds.

"Learn Truth" (produced by Mr. Green) is the first ever collaboration between R.A. and former Rawkus labelmate Talib Kweli, an alliance that's been in the making since the two emcees first met back in the late 90s. Legends Never Die is the official follow-up to R.A.'s critically acclaimed album Die Rugged Man Die, and also features appearances from the likes of Tech N9ne, Hopsin, Brother Ali, Vinnie Paz, Masta Ace, Sadat X, Eamon, and more.

Video: @CallMeDrop - The Slideshow Interview - Part 1

Video: CallMeDrop - The Slideshow Interview - Part 1

Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.

Drop brings us into his world with part one of an intimate in-studio interview discussing the Slideshow series.

Eccentric Breaks: Bronx vs. Muscle Shoals FAME B-Boy Tape (@PTHOUGHTdotcom)

Eccentric Breaks: Bronx vs. Muscle Shoals FAME B-Boy Tape

Courtesy Adam C.

The Bronx, New York, the birthplace of Hip-Hop, and “The Shoals”, Alabama, the birthplace of W.C. Handy, “Father of the Blues,” both carry great historical significance in the world of music. While DJ Kool Herc and Coke La Rock were laying the foundations of a cultural phenomenon in New York, Grammy award-winning producer Rick Hall and the infamous “Swampers” were continuing to pump out hit records from a small town in Alabama.

Fast forward to 2013 and Parallel Thought’s latest release FAME. Parallel Thought, whose members have roots in both the Bronx and Muscle Shoals, brings together the unique sounds of these two musical meccas in a 40+ minute mix. Traditional Hip-Hop techniques are applied to music solely sourced from The Shoals, creating a masterful weave of breakbeats and samples. Additional original drum breaks recorded at Fame Studios capture the Muscle Shoals Sound, highly sought by iconic artists such as John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, and most recently, The Black Keys and The Civil Wars.

With FAME, Parallel Thought pays tribute to the South Bronx pioneers of hip hop’s origins while showcasing the rich musical history of The Shoals.

Track List:
Muscle Shoals Horns - Where I'm Coming From
The Rose Brothers - Freeky Lover
Mosley & Johnson - Classy Blue
The Rose Brothers - Burglar
Ed - Scratchy
Muscle Shoals Horns - Hustle To The Music
The Fame Gang - Grits & Gravy
Muscle Shoals Horns - Addicted To Your Love
Muscle Shoals Horns - Who’s Gonna Love You
Born To Get Down Born To Mess Around
George Jackson - Fast Young Lady
Latimore - Dig A Little Deeper
Prince Phillip Mitchell - If We Get Caught (I Don’t Know You)
Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers - The Dryer (Part One)
Cry Of Love -Peace Pipe
Millie Jackson - A House For Sale
Arthur Conley - Aunt Dora’s Love Soul Shack
The Del Rays - Windy and Warm
Jimmy Cliff - Inside Out Upside Down
Traffic - Tragic Magic
Traffic - Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory
Willard Posey Reunion - Cissy Strut
The Staple Singers - Who Do You Think You Are (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Jim Capaldi - Its Alright
Jim Capaldi - Low Rider
Sunshine - Dream Selection
The Villagers - Laugh It Off
David and The Giants - Super Good Feeling
Millie Jackson - Go Out And Get Some
Dee Dee Bridgewater - My Lonely Room
Johnnie Taylor - I Am Somebody
Dee Dee Bridgewater - He’s Gone
Bob Dylan - Serve Somebody
Roscoe Robinson - What Color Is Love
Bettye Swann - I Can’t Let You Break My Heart
The Tams - Laugh It Off
Spooner & The Spoons - Wish You Didn’t Have To Go
Bobby Marchan - Funny Style
George Soule - Get Involved
Clarence Carter - Put On Your Shoes & Walk
Travis Wammack - You Better Move On
Little Richard - Greenwood Mississippi
Brothers Unlimited - Take Me Back
The Osmonds - One Bad Apple
George Jackson - Find 'Em, Fool 'Em And Forget 'Em
Lowell Fulson - Lady In The Rain
Art Freeman - Slippin Around With You
Clarence & Calvin - Thread The Needle Demo
Etta James - Tell Mama
Terry & The Chain Reaction - Keep Your Cool
Maurice & Mac - Why Don’t You Try Me
George Jackson - Search Your Heart
David & The Giants - Ten Miles High
Wilson Pickett - Ninety-Nine And A Half
James Barnett - Keep On Talking
Boz Scaggs - I’ll Be Long Gone
PR: First Light's Debut Album "Fallacy Fantasy" Out Now! (@HieroImperium)

PR: First Light's Debut Album "Fallacy Fantasy" Out Now!

Courtesy Hiero Imperium.

First Light's debut album Fallacy Fantasy is now available online and in stores worldwide! The release of their album is accompanied by a new music video for their track "Los Lobos". Opio and Pep Love of the famed Hieroglyphics hip hop collective have joined forces to illuminate the day and expound upon the Hiero theme of random acts of musical collaboration.

First Light gets its cue from the braggadocio and conceptual characteristics that were commonly expressed in the early nineties "Golden Era" of hip hop. But, at the same time, their way of displaying an affinity for and a loathing of the apathy and debauchery that permeates today's pop culture is poetically contradictory.

First Light's "Los Lobos" Music Video

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