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J-Zone Speaks on How Rap Got Him Robbed for Fake Jewels

J-Zone Speaks on How Rap Got Him Robbed for Fake Jewels

Courtesy of Mr. Don't Holla, a/k/a $ir Charge, a/k/a Kenny Hoggin$.

Here's another excerpt from Root for the Villain: Rap, Bullsh*t, and a Celebration of Failure, my forthcoming collection of rants, memoirs, and think pieces. 

We all f*cked up as teenagers. Bad tattoos, piercings, Zima hangovers (don't be bourgeois and front like you didn't drink that 7UP-looking sh*t liquor), etc. I avoided the aforementioned pitfalls, but rap music drove my adolescent express train to debauchery. Getting beaten to a pulp by a 6'1" monster of a girl (a few times a week over the course of two years), jumped for a $14 faux gold chain, and a completely dysfunctional introduction to the ins and outs of sex all played a part in a good amount of embarrassment, school detention, and all out recklessness. I'm still f*cked up today, and it's all rap music's fault. Click the link below to read (and see my vicious hi-top fade haircut).

If you missed the first excerpt from my book (a dissertation on the "Gadget Ho"), click here. All of this incessant texting / "LOL" ing and emoticon-ing has sent pay phone pimpin the way of the pterodactyl and it makes me very upset. 

More memoirs, social commentary, and curmudgeonly rants from the book coming soon. Pre-orders for the book (on Amazon, Create Space, or directly from me with the limited cassette-only audiobook) will start up in about two weeks. 

Video: Ill Bill f/ UG - "We Not Playing" (prod. IDE)

Video: Ill Bill f/ UG - "We Not Playing" (prod. IDE)

Courtesy Creative Juices Music.

Free Music Friday: The Noitide Edition

RapReviews goes backwards De La Soul style, however like De La, we provide y'all with the music that goes forward, as well as taking it back! Check 'em all out!

Estelle x Don Cannon :: AOM: The Prequel

I bet you didn't know that British R&B singer started off as a rapper! ...Oh you did? Oh well, guess I had to catch up with y'all heads. Here's a new free mixtape from Estelle herself that contains the best of both worlds in R&B and hip-hop.

1. DJ Play The Beat f. Swizz Beatz
2. Break My Heart (Cannon Remix) f. Jadakiss & Busta Rhymes & Swizz Beatz
3. Cupid E-Mix
4. Remember Me
5. Something's Wrong
6. Revolution Skit
7. Revolution
8. Come Over
9. 1980
10. London Town
11. Circulate E-Mix
12. Break My Heart Pt. 2 E-Mix f. Swizz Beatz & Raekwon & Wretch

Kaze :: Jersey in the Rafters

Some of y'all may remember Kaze as one of the N.C. underground hip-hop pioneer and y'all may have wondered where he's been. Well, he's right here! This mixtape contains appearances by Edo G., O.C., Royce Da 5'9", Diamond D, as well as productions by !llmind, 9th Wonder, K. Slack, and more!

1. We Want It All [prod. K. Slack]
2. Dusk Til Dawn [prod. !llmind]
3. The Stereotype Remix [prod. Forty I]
4. 3 in the Chamber (ft. O.C., Torae & Kaze) [prod. Ayatollah]
5. Spirit of ‘94 [prod. 9th Wonder]
6. So Real (ft. Erv Ford & Wordsworth) [prod. Erv Ford]
7. Dynasty [prod. Analogic]
8. I Was Raised on It (The 80’s) [prod. Erv Ford]
9. Nobody Like Me (ft. Edo G & Diamond D) [prod. Buckwild]
10. Paperwork (ft. Royce Da 5’9”) [prod. Erv Ford]
11. On Smash [prod. Ski Beatz]
12. 50/50 [prod. 9th Wonder]
13. Soul Dojo [prod. 9th Wonder]
14. Should’ve Been Here [prod. 9th Wonder]
15. Move Over (ft. Nature) [prod. K. Hill]
16. That’s Gangsta (ft. Iceberg Shug & Jozeemo) [prod. Mr. Twip]
17. Stay a Customer [prod. KAZE]
18. Steelo (ft. & prod. Joe Scrilla)

Mac Miller :: I Love Life, Thank You

Mac Miller loves life and he thanks you. He shows his appreciate for all the support by releasing this mixtape, which serves as a prequel for his upcoming Blue Slide Park album.

1. I Love Life, Thank You (prod. Brandun Deshay)
2. People Under The Stairs
3. Willie Dynamite (prod. Big Jerm)
4. The Scoop On Heaven (prod. 9th Wonder)
5. Love Lost (prod. Black Diamond)
6. Pranks 4 Players (feat. Sir Michael Rocks) (prod. Cardo)
7. Cold Feet (prod. Clams Casino)
8. Family First (feat. Talib Kweli) (prod. Like)
9. The Miller Family Reunion (prod. Big Jerm)
10. Boom Bap Rap (feat. The Come Up) (prod. Mac Miller & Big Jerm)
11. Just A Kid (prod. E Dan)
12. All That (feat. Bun B) (prod. E Dan)
13. All This (prod. E Dan)

Andy Mineo :: Formerly Known

You're gonna notice that this is gospel rap, yet you also gonna notice that it's actually very dope! Mineo brings you the message by not preachin' to you, but teachin' to you and it's fully Word-approved.

1. Goodbye ft. Eshon Burgundy
2. Let There Be Light ft. Lecrae
3. Formerly Known ft. Co Campbell
4. Pick It Up ft. Beleaf of The Breax
5. Young ft. KB
6. Every Word ft. Co Campbell
7. Whats It All About
8. Hello World
9. Everyday Thing
10. Listen
11. Fools Gold ft. Sho Baraka & Swoope
12. Whatever Comes
13. Pressure ft. Co Campbell
14. Michael Jackson ft. Thisl, Rich Perez, R-Swift, & Bubba Watson

Machine Gun Kelly :: Rage Pack

Here's a new mixtape from a new Bad Boy signee! Machine Gun Kelly brings his rapid-fire flow in free music form to offer before offering a full-length album, which may be coming soon.

2. Wild Boy feat. Waka Flocka
3. Half Naked and Almost Famous
4. Chasing Pavements
5. The Pledge
6. Warning Shot feat. Livvi Franc
7. LTFU (One More Time)
8. The Morning After Voicemail
9. Welcome To The Rage feat. The Madden Brothers
10. Fantasy (DIGIRAATII) feat. Aaron Lafette
11. On Fire (Drug Dealer Girl Part II) Feat. Mike Posner
12. Thought I Was Gone
13. Hello

Tre Nyce (Swollen Members) :: Kings Crusade

The Swollen Members members have been busy this year! First Madchild and now Tre Nyce dropping solo mixtapes for their fans' pleasures. 13 tracks or original productions by Chef, Yung A, DJ Kemo, and J Nasty

1. Strong / Flashing
2. Famlife 100
3. Down To Earth
4. Loaded
5. Bad Man
6. What do you Believe In?
7. Throw the L Up / What You Want
8. Can't Judge Me
9. Find My Way
10. We Comin' Up
11. Be Nyce
12. Did You Ever Know?
13. Kings Crusade

That's it for the "Noitide Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....

Video: D. Carter - "Sleeves"

Video: D. Carter - "Sleeves"

Courtesy of RMG.

Richmond, Virginia rapper D. Carter is preparing the release of his EP, Deja, so he teamed up with Revo Media decided to drop the video for the lead single, Sleeves.

PRESS RELEASE: On The Real with Moka Only & Chief Live

PRESS RELEASE: On The Real with Moka Only & Chief Live

Courtesy of The Doctor's Orders.

The Doctor's Orders present
With MOKA ONLY live

10pm-3am Friday 11th November 2011
& second Friday of Every Month

@ East Village, 89 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HX

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Tickets £5 in advance // Then £8 on the door.
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Moka Only (Swollen Members)
& Chief performing live
Plus Residents
Spin Doctor
Mr Thing
Chris P Cuts
Bruce Wayne
& host MC Prankster

Flyer Link: .

London's monthly real Hip-Hop party is back!

For their second month in their new home in the booming basement of East Village, The Doctor's Orders are thrilled to welcome an underground Hip-Hop giant to On The Real.

As one of the founding members of chart topping Hip-Hop group Swollen Members Moka Only has a secure place in the hearts and minds of all true Hip-Hop fans. Having collaborated with a legendary producers including J-Dilla, MF Doom, & Oh No to name a few this Canadian native is sure to be blessing our fun loving crowd with a set of classic Hip-Hop including those of his new album 'Crickets' produced by Swiss producer Chief who mans the decks for his live show on the night.

As ever our special guests will be welcomed by the best line up of residents of any Hip-Hop club. Spin Doctor leads the charge as ever with his floor friendly selections of pretty much whatever he likes while your favourite DJs favourite DJ Mr Thing will be expertly cutting his way through a slew of bangers new and old as ever. Getting things warmed up to boiling point are Chris P Cuts & Bruce Wayne who defy their tender years with skills and eye for the dance-floor.

As ever is will be another road block so make sure you get involved early!

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Video: Statik Selektah f/ Sean Price, Termanology - "Population Control"

Video: Statik Selektah f/ Sean Price, Termanology - "Population Control"

Courtesy Matt B.

New music video for Statik Selektah's album title track "Population Control" featuring Sean Price & Termanology. Video was produced by Smokestack Recordings.

Video: Intricate Dialect - "Real MF" (prod. Eddie Logix)

Video: Intricate Dialect - "Real MF" (prod. Eddie Logix)

Courtesy Tenacity.

Intricate Dialect's passion for learning and understanding ancient Egypt has poured into his music with the album Kemet. Jazz samples, break beats, & electronic influence accompany Idski in travel through time via Hip Hop to one of history's most mysterious civilizations...and coming back to rap about it. "Kemet" is available for download on a pay what you want basis on his label's (Abolitionist Projects) official site.

Here is the album link: .

MP3: One Pham - "Adrenaline"

MP3: One Pham - "Adrenaline"

Courtesy Who Got Next.

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Video: DJ Cosla & Tribeca - "The World's Best"

Video: DJ Cosla & Tribeca - "The World's Best"

Courtesy Chris Figueroa.

Here is a new video by a close friend and someone I have worked with over the past couple of years, New York emcee, Tribeca with his new video "The World's Best" directed by Todd Angkasuwan [Directed Videos for Evidence, Pharoahe Monch, Buckshot, Slaughterhouse + More...]

TRIBECA @tribecaworld / Produced by DJ COSLA @djcoslaofficial

Video: Y-Love f/ Andy Milonakis - "The Takeover" (prod. Diwon)

Video: Y-Love f/ Andy Milonakis - "The Takeover" (prod. Diwon)

Courtesy Shemspeed.

Here's "The Takeover" music video! The video features super star comedian/actor Andy Milonakis (MTV/Jimmy Kimmel), Y-Love, Tj Di Hitmaker, and Diwon. It's an up close and in your face video with editing that takes a spastic "DJ scratch and blend" style creating an ADHD reggae hip pop video destined to motivate the masses.

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