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BeatMonstas :: Bomb 'Til We Hit 'Em
BeatMonstas Entertainment
Author: Emanuel Wallace

"The Chicago-based act joined forces in 2003 and released their first album, "The 3rd Weapon" in 2005. The reviewer of that album made it a point to mention that the BeatMonstas are at their best when diving head first into the murky waters of social and political issues. Upon reading that and the press mailer that pointed out the fact that most of their latest album, "Bomb 'Til We Hit 'Em, was recorded during the later years of the Bush Administration, made me think that every song was going to be a "Fuck George Bush" rally cry. To my surprise, they really aren't."

CounterParts :: The CounterParts LP :: Beat Rock Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"CounterParts are a multiracial crew made up of MCs T-Know, Braelan B, Otayo Dubb, and producers Fatgums, Gamma Ray, and Vesk One. The crew hails from Norwalk, California, near Long Beach, and the San Francisco Bay Area. They mix the Golden Age hip hop sound of SoCal with intelligent, positive lyrics that reflect Bay Area culture. The beats are sample-heavy and loaded with cuts and scratches. Fatgums and Gamma Ray know how to work a dusty break, and create some classic boom bap that fans of old school hip hop will love. There are no synths here, just old funk and soul served up hot and fresh."

Darshan :: Lishmah EP :: Shemspeed Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"So sayeth the hebrew hip-hop artist known as Darshan on the song "Why Wait" from his debut "Lishmah" EP. This writer must confess to not really knowing much of the Jewish faith other than how it is portrayed in popular culture and having done a little reading on Wikipedia about what is and isn't considered "kosher" - and of course who knows if ANYTHING you read on Wikipedia is really accurate anyway. As a result I can't put the statement in his press release that Darshan is "astral rap, liturgical jazz, audio alchemy" who is "Harmonizing Hebrew chant with hip-hop, folk rock with electro-pop, love poetry with kabbalistic psychology" to any test of truthfulness."

Half-A-Mill :: Milíon :: Warlock Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"Earlier in the '90s, Half-A-Mill (original spelling Half-A-Mil) would be one of the many fighting for airtime late at night on NY radio. His first break came when Mister Cee introduced him to Big Daddy Kane in 1993, who wanted him on his label (Black Caesar Records) that never quite got off the ground. Reportedly he also recorded a demo with DJ Scratch before self-releasing his debut single in 1994. He was signed to Penalty Recordings for a moment, which was bought and then discontinued by Tommy Boy. His Firm internship eventually led to a deal with Warlock Records, where he released two albums. While working on a third one, he was shot dead in his home in Brooklyn's Albany projects October 24th 2003."

Illy :: Long Story Short :: Obese Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Per capita I'm willing to wager the quotient of Australian hip-hop covered on is greater than if not equal to any other magazine online or off in the entire United States. I can understand when other publications avoid French, German or Japanese hip-hop due to the natural language barrier, but it mystifies me that more people don't embrace this scene in North America. The likely culprit is those stupid Crocodile Dundee movies, the ones that set up absurd stereotypes involving kangaroos, boomerangs and "throwing shrimp on the barbie.""

Mr. Lif :: Emergency Rations :: Definitive Jux Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed byEric Sirota

"Boston MC, Jeffrey Haynes, aka, Mr. Lif, released the "Emergency Rations EP" on Definitive Jux in 2002. For Lif fans, the album is essential, not because it is by any means his best work, but rather because the EP is perhaps Lif's most transitional album. "Emergency Rations" finds this Jukie in the middle of an identity crisis, as he struggles with which side of himself to embrace – old school b-boy or futuristic sci-fi geek, conspiracy theorist or everyman, inspirational speaker or nihilist."

O.C. & A.G. :: Oasis :: D.I.T.C./Nature Sounds
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"On behalf of and all of our loyal readers, I apologize. I realize a lot of you were upset with last week's review. I offered P a chance to revise the review once I obtained a full-length copy, but he was understandably dismayed at the negative reception the review got and felt he'd only be digging himself in deeper (no pun) by tackling it again. I offered the chance to several staffers to cover the album the full length themselves, but suddenly "Oasis" was the hot potato nobody wanted to hold. Everybody was afraid of the wrath of our site's loyal readers. That's either a compliment or a concern, but if you're checking out this review right now you deserve the credit either way. The voices of the people have been heard, they're not satisfied, and they want the legendary O.C. and A.G. to be given their proper respect."

Sage Francis :: Sick of Wasting... :: Strange Famous Records
as reviewed by Eric Sirota

"Sage Francis is passionate. He is passionate about his politics ("A Healthy Distrust," Epitaph Records, 2005). He is passionate about his personal life ("Personal Journals," Anticon, 2002). He is passionate about hip-hop (Non-Prophets, "Hope," Lex Records, 2003). Fittingly, on his newest "Sick of" mixtape, "Sick of Wasting...," we get a taste of all of these passions. On "Strange Fame," Sage gripes about his starving artist lifestyle. On "Conspiracy to Riot," he spits hot fire angst about our nation's political climate. On "SFR Pays Dues," Strange Famous Crew members, Sage Francis, B. Dolan, and Prolyphic, adeptly brag about their essential role in the rap game. Sage is ferocious and impassioned on every track. He has an ax to grind, and grind he does."

Type 4 :: For Sale :: World One Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"It's probably been a decade or more since I heard from Dave, and these days 181.4 is a minor footnote in my writing career, but at least one person out there didn't forget those days - Matt Reyes from Type 4. It seems the review I wrote of their debut album for Dave's internet rag was one of the most thoughtful, considerate and well written Type 4 received. After all these years, Matt tracked me down and asked me if I was the same man who reviewed rap for 181.4. It took me a minute to realize I actually was, because it had been that long since any thought of 181.4 crossed my mind, but Matt felt that after all this time I was the only one qualified to reintroduce Type 4 to the world. Tragically a lot of things have changed for Type 4 in the last decade or more - they lost vocalist Brian Cantwell in 2001 and drummer Eric Goodridge in 2002. As odd as it is to walk down memory lane back to my college days, it's even more odd to write a review of an album released in 2001 when a third of the band is now deceased - there needs to be a whole new definition of "late pass" for this one."

"Victory or Death" - A Creative First For a Hip-Hop Legend

The RZA marks his twentieth year in music with an epic fine art release.


STAPLETON PROJECTS, STATEN ISLAND. Arguably the most infamous housing project of New York City’s ‘forgotten borough’, known best at the time for being Earth’s largest landfill. A young Robert Diggs is hunched over a drum machine, working on his debut release, the Ooh We Love You Rakeem EP. The weather is a brutal kind of cold. The year is 1990.
Twenty years later, Robert is the RZA, musical visionary and mastermind behind one of the most revolutionary movements in the history of popular culture - and the world is a very different place. The Wu-Tang Clan rewrote the rules in every arena it entered, blazing trails in the record business and singlehandedly giving hip-hop its Renaissance period, during which it took the genre to artistic heights that remain unmatched. Kill Bill made RZA a composer. The Wu-Tang Manual made him an author. American Gangster made him an actor. And on January 1, 2010, WAIL (When Art Imitates Life) commemorates twenty years of the RZA with the unveiling of Victory Or Death, a highly limited fine art release worthy of a living legend.

Details about Victory or Death remain mum as does the conceptual behind The RZA’s release.  What has been promised is a “reworking” of history onto massive canvas that focuses on the concept of “hearing the call” and revolution in an inspiring and provocative way.  In total, 360 prints will be available to the public on the January 1, 2010 release date.  When discussing the upcoming release, The RZA states, “It didn’t begin 20 years ago…more like 200 years ago. And when you see the piece we’re making right here, you’re going to know what I’m talking about.  We’re about to rewrite and change history.”

The origins of Victory Or Death began earlier this year as RZA started conceptualizing with When Art Imitates Life, a company focused on creating fine art with musical visionaries at the helm of the creative.  When Art Imitates Life (WAIL) is owned by legendary hip-hop statesmen Sway and King Tech of The World Famous Wake Up Show along with notorious Los Angeles creativity house SceneFour.  Victory or Death is the first release under the WAIL art label.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit to sign up for exclusive information on The RZA’s Victory or Death as it develops, as well as a chance to preview the piece before January 1.


Victory Or Death web trailer:




Rita J - The Lady Has Skills

Dope female emcees can be hard to come by. Sure, you may find one here or there, but as a rule, the majority of hip-hop shows and street corner cyphers are filled with male dominated line ups. The few females people get to hear on a mainstream level are, for the most part, using their sexuality to get attention, rather than attempting to learn, or hone, any kind of rhyming skills. This is why listening to Rita J’s debut album, Artist Workshop, is such a nice change of pace. She’s a smooth emcee with a style of her own, and what’s between her legs is not a topic of conversation. Point blank, Rita J has skills, and this week I caught up with her to find out more about her path leading up to her first LP, her thoughts on why there’s such a dearth of female emcees in the game, and how a hurricane picked her up and moved her.

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Free Music Friday: WTH It's Saturday Edition

I know, I know. Some of y'all expected FMF not FMS last night and I apologize for any inconvenience. Y'all deserve the best and this cold month's been hectic so far, but I made sure I got time to give y'all all the free music that you need!

Buff1 :: It's a 1derful Life (Mixed by DJ Rhettmatic)

["It's a 1derful Life" as that one Christmas movie title said. Naw, I'm lyin'. It's a title of this mixtape by Buff1. It's filled with originality - raging from producers to rappers. It's definitely something to listen to.]

01. It’s a 1derful Life – Buff1 (produced by Tru)
02. Back It Up – Buff1 (produced by Ski Beats)
03. Line 4 Line – Nametag feat. Buff1 (produced by Black Milk)
04. Go Off – Buff1 w/ Danny Brown (produced by J. Bizness)
05. Do What It Takes – Kam Moye feat. Buff1 (produced by D.R.; snippet)
06. Look At Me – Buff1 (produced by Rashad “Tumblin’ Dice” Smith)
07. Meaning Of Soul – Street Justice feat Buff1 (produced by 4mulaOne; snippet)
08. Front To Back (remix) – David Dallas feat Buff1 (produced by Fire & Ice)
09. Niggas (remix) – Notorious B.I.G. feat Buff1 (produced by Astronote; snippet)
10. Class – Buff1 feat Marv Won (produced by Slot-A)
11. When The Winter Comes – Buff1 (produced by Damu)
12. Good Gracious – Buff1 (produced by M-Phazes)
13. Alwayz Strapped (freestyle) – Buff1 w/ Magestik Legend
14. Def 82 – Buff1 w/ TiRon & Ayomari (produced by Cook Classics)
15. Original – Space Invadas (Katalyst & Steve Spacek) feat Buff1 (produced by Katalyst; snippet)
16. Magnetic – Yoshi feat. Buff1 & Darien Brockington (produced by Akira Shelton; snippet)
17. Arcade Fly – 6th Sense & Wildabeast feat Buff1, Donny Goines, U-N-I & Fashawn (produced by 6th Sense)
18. Can’t Stop A Man – V-Stylez feat Buff1 & Stretch Money (produced by DJ Dez)
19. The Best Are Full Of Love – Buff1 w/ Shawn Jackson & Diz Gibran (produced by Cook Classics)
20. Over And Out – Dave Ghetto feat Buff1 (produced by Tha S Ence; snippet)
21. Momma Song – Buff1 (produced by Slot-A)
22. We Gotcha – Crown Royale (produced by DJ Rhettmatic)
23. Photographs – Crown Royale (produced by DJ Rhettmatic)


CIDIDA :: The Here Right Now

Cidida Dabbage

[You probably recognize him from BET's "Freestyle Fridays" on 106 & Park. He's been there for a total of five weeks, so you know he can hold his grounds as an emcee. If you never heard the styles of C, here's a good start for your ears.]

1. We're Out Here
2. Something New (feat. George Tisdale)
3. Fresh Out the Lava
4. Struggle Man
5. Today
6. Can You Understand Me
7. Univers-i-tality
8. Mirror Mirror
9. The Fitst Try
10. Back Against the Wall
11. Soul Iz You
12. Any Way the Wind Blows
13. Amazing Fire (feat. George Tisdale)
14. Damn Right
15. Hit Me Now
16. Nah Nah Nah
17. Ya Know
18. DMV
19. One
20. I Don't Care
21. Somethin' To Say
22. There It Iz
23. Breathe, Release, Peace (feat. George Tisdale)
24. Blame it on Hate
25. Let's Get It
26. Back to Cali
27. Encore (One More)
28. How We Do


Danny! :: Where is Danny?

^ earned 8.5 of 10 Rating here!

[I was REAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALY hesistant on giving this away. I needed to find out if this is legit and Danny! himself on Twitter gave it as a free giveaway to all of his fans out there. Where is Danny? He's right here and FREE.]

1. Man, Motherfuck An Intro
2. Manic At The Disco
3. Where Is Danny?
4. Tattered Fedora Flow
5. Hoedown Showdown f. Von Pea
6. I Ain’t The Walrus
7. Turn Me Up
8. Many Reasons
9. Still Got Love
10. Sloppy Joe, Pt. 1
11. Commercial Break (Interlude)
12. Fa Fa Fa
13. This Is Your Life (In West Watch-A-Ka-Tella) (Instrumental)
14. Off The Hook f. Che Grand
15. George Wendt
16. Nah, I Don’t Like This Beat Yo
17. Theme Music To A Killing Spree f. Danny Brown
18. Lost One
19. Scrambled Eggs
20. Sloppy Joe, Pt. 2
21. Seven Seconds Of Static (Interlude)
22. Mama I Want To Fucking Sing
23. Wake The Fuck Up Man (You’re Trippin’ Man)
24. Crank Dat (Hey DJ) f. Ladi Jade
25. Get Down
26. Gone Danny Gone


Ghetto :: Trunk Music

[Anyone who's into rap is into music that bangs in your trunk like fireworks. This emcee named Ghetto is fulfilling just that with  this free mixtape entitled "Trunk Music" ]

1. Introduction prod. by Push Keys
2. Trunk Music prod. by Lil Fame of M.O.P. aka Fizzy Womack
3.Eatin At The Diner feat. Termanology prod. by The Kid Beats
4. Star Of Da Show prod. by Statik Selektah
5. Tuck Your Chain prod. by B Burna
6 .Standing Ovation prod. by Blastah Beats
7. So Many Hate prod. by MoSS
8. One Night feat. Ea$y Money & Xavier Eon prod. by MGI
9. The Products Hip Hop prod. by Lee Bannon
10. The Weed Song feat. H Blanco prod. by Sour Beats
11. You And Your Friend feat. Nawlage prod. by Ludy Fresco & Star Select
12. Bang Bang feat. Ea$y Money prod. by MoSS
13. Everybodys Strugglin feat. Big Twin & Hectic prod. by ATG
14. Kilo Rap feat. Termanology & Big Noyd prod. by MoSS
15. 50 States feat. Mistah F.A.B. & Termanology prod. by Raf Moses
16. Lil Nathan prod. by Cyrus Da Zine

Pugs Atomz & Rashid Hadee :: Stormy

Pugs Atomz & Rashid Hadee - Stormy (Free LP)

[Rashid Hadee is killin' it again like he has been all this year with Pug Atomz on this free LP.]

1. Stormy Intro (ft. DJ Intel) [prod. Rashid Hadee]
2. Back Again [prod. Rashid Hadee]
3.Coolest Dudes (ft. Spqher) [prod. Race Tacula]
4. Stormy (Get In To It) [prod. Rashid Hadee]
5. A Different Kind of Funny (ft. Spqher) [prod. by Rashid Hadee]
6. Tell You About It [prod. Random Ram Nation]
7. Soundin Like [prod. Rashid Hadee]
8. I Know (Changes) [prod. Tall Black Guy]
9. In The Air [prod. Rashid Hadee]
10. I Read Your Lips [prod. Rashid Hadee]
11. Hand on the Bible (ft. Von Pea) [prod. Fathom 9]
12. Mercy [prod. Rashid Hadee]
13. I’ll Wait For You [prod. Rashid Hadee]
14. Baby Please [prod. Duro]
15. Take the Hurt Away [prod. Hakeem Hunter]
16. Another Day [prod. Grant Parks]

Skewby :: Proving You Wrong Since 1988

[What a statement to put on your mixtape. For all the haters, Skewby's out to prove the haters wrong since his birthyear and prove his heads right if they want a mixtape that's witty and dope at the same time. SKEWBY DEWBY DEEEEEWWW~!] 

1. Proving You Wrong
2. Get Retarded
3. I'm Here Now
4. Dopeman
5. They Know?
6. A Bad One
7. Sunday Morning
8. No Critics Allowed
9. Searching
10. Worldwide
11. She Like Me
12. Log Out
13. The Feelings
14. Turn It Up
15. Honesty
16. Talk 2 Em
17. Exit Please

Famoso - Oh!

Isz - Gothic Party
NNF -  Head on Str8 feat. Aceyalone, Casual, Chali 2na, (Prod. by RJD2)

Nugget - 8 Million Bars

Ritchie Cunimg - Hear My Train A Comin':

That's it for the "WTH It's Saturday!" edition of "Free Music Fridays." Check these out and let ya man know if they was fyah! 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....


From K-Murdock:

I'm sure for those who follow me or my blog, you have heard LOTS of talk about the 2nd installment of my "Mood Muzik" series aka "Piano-rama"... Well, i just got word from Tasteful Licks Records, aka the label releasing this album and many of my future, solo projects, that it'll be out in January on CD, itunes, etc.  I'm so excited by the news that i had to share the artwork design for the album they sent me with you all, check it...

I will have more updates and FREE, promo items for this album SOON, including downloadable sampler mixed by the homie, DJ Ragz, as well as a promo poster done by Panacea's visual artist Stephen Knox aka "Pointblank". In the meantime, feel free to check my music player on myspace for a sample of what the album has to offer!




Pacewon and Mr. Green "Who I Am" Official Video

From Mr. Green:

Pacewon and Mr. Green "Who I Am" Official Video

Wu-Tang's U-God Wants to Teach You How to Play Cee-Lo

Wu-Tang's U-God wants to teach you how to play cee-lo, and I do mean the dice game, not how to make music like Cee-Lo Green.

Obvious Advice for Artists - Don't Turn Down Press

This should really go without saying, but after an incident I had earlier in the week I guess it needs to be reiterated; if you’re an artist, no matter what stage of your career you're in, if someone wants to give you press, make the time for the interview. If you’re one of the highly intelligent artists out there reading this, thinking “man, that’s a no-brainer,” you ain’t gonna believe this sh!t...

Read the full story at:

Grammy Nominations & Omissions

From UDub News:

And you thought MTV's "Hottest MCs In The Game" top ten list caused an uproar in the hip hop community. Nominations for the 2010 Grammy's were released yesterday and Beyonce, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Drake are all up for a few statuettes. Beyonce snagged three nods including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year, while Jay-Z oddly misses out on his "Blueprint 3" monster album missing the Grammy deadline; he's up twice in the same category for "Run This Town" and "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune" featuring Rihanna and Kanye West. West and Young Jeezy's "Amazin" is nominated for Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group. Newcomer Drake continues his hot streak in 2009 with two nominations in separate categories.

While the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards tapped some of hip hops finest such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, Mos Def, Q-Tip and Eminem a chock full of rap albums were overlooked. Jadakiss, Rick Ross, and Fabolous are just a few names who were completely overlooked although their albums were the talk of hip hop conversations and all made decent debut on the Billboard charts. Rick Ross' "Deeper Than Rap" debuted at number one on the Billboard charts making it his third debut in a row.

B.G. Speaks on His New Album "Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood"

From Chris at Koch Records:

B.G. Speaks on His New Album "Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood"

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