We're back with a new episode, with some help from our friends. This ep of the Mega Ran and Miss Monica show is guest starring MC Pennywise of Writers Guild, who hangs out while we talk about topics ranging from football, to work, to the VMA's to the 10 year anniversary of 9-11. Happy Labor Day! Thanks so much for your support and for tuning in! I'll be on the road so we hope this HUGE 2-HOUR show will hold you over!
Video: Gees Extortion - "Rise of an Underground King (Part 1)"
Courtesy of Javi S.
On his journey to the release of his debut LP, Organized Rhymes, Real Radio Records' Gees Extortion takes us on a trip to Jersey to work with emerging producer Clipsmoke ("Vete Pa'l Carajo). Part one features Gees discussing working with the producer, changing the name of his LP to Organized Rhymes, the status of Hip Hop and more.
Yep, this is no overstatement! I got over five dope free music fo y'all this week, including a surprise bonus at the end that'll have your heads nodding, no doubt. It's FMF in ya area!
CyHi The Prynce :: DJ Scream & DJ Spinz presents Jack of All Trades
CyHi the Prynce's one of the hardest working members of G.O.O.D. Music, if not the hardest worker, period. He's been releasing so many mixtapes and songs throughout the year that he don't even have to do an album this year. CyHi takes time to freestyle over classic hip-hop joints and today's joints. CyHi's working to be the jack of all trades and a master of 'em all.
Tracklisting: 1. Jack Of All Trades 2. Assassin 3. Artist 4. Farmer 5. Robber (Interlude) 6. Blacksmith 7. Carpenter 8. Teach-Her 9. Jack (Interlude) 10. Motivator 11. Hunter 12. Historian 13. The Heist (Interlude) 14. The Messenger 15. Ambassador 16. Charmer 17. Preacher 18. Musician
"Classics, future classics, and exclusives all produced by Exile." That's self-desciption for y'all. What else can I say? Nothing more to add, just look at the tracklisting below to see all the folks co-signing the classics offered here.
Tracklisting: 1. Intro To The Outro - DAG SAVAGE aka Johaz & Exile (Exclusive) 2. Evolve - Pharoahe Monch 3. Leimert Park - Co$$ (Exclusive) 4. Growing Pains - DAG SAVAGE aka Johaz & Exile ft. Fashawn & Blu and Exile (Exclusive) 5. Brolic - Bun B (Exclusive) 6. Freedom Remix - Fashawn (Exclusive) 7. Slowly - ADAD (Exclusive) 8. Your Life - MED ft. Blu 9. Give It Up - Strong Arm Steady ft. Guilty Simpson and Talib Kweli 10. Flawless - J. Mitchell ft. Co$$ 11. Count Your Blessings - Emanon aka Aloe Blacc & Exile 12. Below the Heavens Medley - Blu & Exile 13. Cold Hearted - Blu & Exile 14. Pearly Gates (Non-Album Version) - Mobb Deep ft. 50 Cent (Exclusive) 15. Disturbed Remix - Blame One ft. Sean Price and Fashawn (Exclusive) 16. Klepto - Exile (Exclusive) 17. Mic Jackson - DAG SAVAGE aka Johaz & Exile (Exclusive) 18. Wait For Me - Big Sean ft. Lupe Fiasco 19. Forgive Us - Emanon aka Aloe Blacc & Exile (Exclusive) 20. S.O.F. Remix - Fashawn (Exclusive) 21. Boy Meets World Medley - Fashawn 22. Samsonite Man - Fashawn ft. Blu 23. New Seasons - Blu & Exile (Exclusive) Tema Do Canibal - BK-One ft. MF DOOM (Exile Remix) (Exclusive) 24. And They Say / Outro - MED (Exclusive)
J.Period + DJ Spinna + Spike Lee + 40 Acres :: Man or the Music 2
J.Period puts in COMPLETE WORK in his mixtape. This one is no different as he links with DJ Spinna and Spike Lee to give you "Man or the Music 2" This is unlike any MJ-tribute mixtape as it includes rare, live, and remixed gems unavailable anywhere else - including never-before-heard MJ tributes from Erykah Badu & the Roots, ?uestlove, Stevie Wonder, YahZarah, and more.
Tracklisting: 1. Don Cornelius Intro 2. Wanna Be Where You Are (Live) 3. Tito & The Jackettes (Interlude) 4. The Love You Save (Asakusa Remix) 5. Rock With You (Marksmen Remix) 6. Steppin Out (Interlude) 7. Who's Loving You (Live) 8. Buttercup 9. People Make The World Go Round 10. I Shot The Sheriff (Live) 11. Enjoy Yourself 12. Billie Jean Medley (f/ Caetano Veloso) 13. Bad (Mark Ronson Remix) 14. Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' 15. Thriller Outtakes (f/ Vincent Price) 16. Got The Hots 17. Sunset Driver 18. Ease On Down (12" Mix) 19. Get On The Floor 20. Shake Your Body (12" Mix) 21. Shake A Body (Demo) 22. Love Is The Thing You Need 23. I Am Love 24. Do Not Adjust The Color (Interlude) 25. Can't Let Her Get Away 26. Remember The Time (New Jack Mix) 27. Remember The Time (DJ Spinna Remix) 28. Jackson 6 (Interlude) 29. Human Nature (Live) (f/ Erykah Badu & The Roots) 30. Stevie Interlude 31. Human Nature (Live) (f/ Stevie Wonder) 32.It Ain't Hard To Tell (J. Period x DJ Spinna Remix) (f/ Nas) 33. Got 'Til It's Gone (f/ Janet Jackson) 34. 2-4-6-8 Appreciate (Interlude) 35. Can't Help (f/ YahZarah) (DJ Spinna Remix) 36. Spike Lee Interlude 37. Maybe Tomorrow
Texas always keeps it movin' in hip-hop ever since Rap-A-Lot started over twenty years ago. Killa Kyleon proves that the good ol' Country Rap Tunes isn't slowing down at all with his brand new mixtape known as "Candy Paint and Texas Plates 2." Guest appearances includes Bun B, Big K.R.I.T, Mac Millker, Lil Keke, and the late Pimp C. Kyleon even gives a dedication to the latter with "A Letter to Pimp C" at the end. Check it out!
Tracklisting: 1. CPTP2 Intro - Poppa Speaks [prod. by Chinky P.] 2. Regular/Average [prod. by Cy Fyre] 3. Bodies Hit the Floor (f/ Bun B) [prod. by Lex Luger] 4. Top Down [prod. by Knecesary] 5. Who Shot Ya (Freestyle) 6. Hustler's Prayer [prod. by Big K.R.I.T.] 7. Make Me (f/ Jack Freeman) [prod. by Tha Bizness] 8. Watch the Reaction (w/ Pimp C and Lil Keke) [prod. by Steve Below] 9. Come on Baby (f/ Mac Miller) [prod. by Cookin' Soul] 10. Change Up [prod. by Jake Beats] 11. Quickie (Freestyle) 12. Salute Me (f/ Doughbeezy) [prod. by Cy Fyre] 13. H.A.T.E.R. [prod. by Cookin' Soul] 14. Beyoncé [prod. by D. Willz] 15. Dope [prod. by Cy Fyre] 16. Ballin' (Freestyle) 17. Dreams [prod. by Killa] 18. Gangsta Life (f/ Ced B.) [prod. by Stadium Status] 19. Time Machine (w/ Big K.R.I.T.) (Freestyle) 20. Money Takers [prod. by Trakksounds] 21. Letter to Pimp C [prod. by DJ Don]
For those who care, here's a new Lil B mixtape, released months after his controversial "I'm Gay" album was released. He forgives you if you didn't like it. Swag. Tracklisting: 1. Tonight 2. I'm in the Streetz 3. I Forgive You 4. Can I Live 4real 5. Durty Pop 6. Neva Stope Me (Remix) 7. Take a Picture BasedGod 8. Bitch Fuck With Me 9. Gotta Question 10. Heard Her Cry 11. 30 Year BasedGod 12. I'm 2 Real
For those who are fans of the DMV/D.C. real live hip-hop, download this free project A.S.A.P.! "Monunental II" serves as a sequel of the first one that was released back in 2009, and even that one is still fresh today. All of the tracks are produced by A.B the Pro. Hear it!
Tracklisting: 1. Intro 2. Long Gone (f/ A.B the Pro) 3. Rumours (f/ Gordo Brega and A.B the Pro) 4. By Any Means Necessary 5. Clappas (f/ Wooptie and Roc Mikey) 6. Write a Song (f/ Secret Society) 7. This Feeling 8. Seems Like (f/ A.B the Pro) 9. World Wide (f/ Gordo Brega) 10. Sound of Summer 11. Top Ramen Noodles 13. All Night Long 14. All I Wanna Do (House Party National Anthem) 15. Told You So (f/ Diamond District and Fat Trel) 16. Don't Stop 17. DC State of Mind 18. I Got Doe 19. How Could You (f/ A.B the Pro)
So Illogic and Walter Rocktight decides to release his shelved Rhymesayers-intended record for FREE! But so far, he only released two tracks of the album that you'll see below. But it's dope nionetheless! The full release may be on next week's FMF if they decide to release it in full!
That's it for the "You Gon' Luv This!" Edition of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love...
The Real Frequency has been putting on for the local Toronto, Canada, scene for a minute now. We’ve already seen some of what's to offer with previous singles from their new album, The New North, and the quality keeps coming with another single, "Change," this one courtesy JD Era, also recently anointed as the newest artist signed to Raekwon's Ice H20 label. In the coming weeks, The Real Frequency and JD Era will also release a video for the single.
The track, which also features LOKZ, is easily one of the smoother songs on the compilation album, a fact that, according to JD Era, compliments and plays up the power of the song's the message. "'Change" was inspired by the title of The Real Frequency's project The New North," explains Era, adding that he feels the "album symbolizes a changing of the guard, a passing of the torch to those next up from Toronto." JD’s laidback flow is framed by bouncing percussion, clean guitar, and fluid piano licks courtesy of producer Soundsmith and complimented by LOKZ's effortlessly soulful vocals.
As with recent singles from The New North, this latest track is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes video, with JD Era discussing the significance of The Real Frequency and The New North album, shining a little light on his own track, and breaking down where he thinks Toronto hip-hop is headed in 2011 and beyond.
For those of you in the know you might have already seen 40DUBst's amazing debut video 'Welcome To Dartford'. It has already been aired on the UK's leading urban TV Station Channel AKA as well as getting a major thumbs up from Grime Daily and other leading music tastemakers.
We live in a world where people follow fashion. It's true. something works and everybody jumps on it, but not 40DUBst. These Dartford lads are doing it a little bit different and with bags of originality and uniqueness. There is no doubting that this three man act is destined for absolutely massive things.
The video for the 40DUBst debut single 'Welcome To Dartford' was shot on location in where? Yes folks you've guessed it... Dartford, well mainly Temple Hill Square to be exact, which is where 40DUBst originate from. The video was shot, directed and edited by top music video producer 'Chas Appeti', who brought the boy's personalities out in this Jeremy Kyle style video.
There's so much more to come from 40DUBst so be on the lookout for more quality music real soon!!!
Ever wonder how a 15-year-old rapper under the mentor ship of the greatest rapper alive balances school and a hip hop career? Lil Chuckee gives you some insight. In addition, the New Orleans MC discusses his transition from public school to home schooling and the support of his parents.
Be on the lookout for his upcoming mixtape "Twap or Die" hosted by DJ Smallz & DJ Infamous, coming soon.
PR: Polemikk (Nefew) Talks Us Through Man vs. Many Project
Courtesy of Melanie J. Cornish.
I've been reading a lot of track-by-track breakdowns in recent weeks and since we do not have the funds or the buzz to invite renowned journalists to a listening session in some fancy hotel in New York, L.A., Paris or Sydney, I figured I'd play the role of a music journalist myself. And even though this breakdown might not be featured on the major sites around the globe, like the run down of the Watch The Throne listening session by Jeff Rosenthal, I am certain that some of you might appreciate this excursion into the minds of those responsible for "Man Vs Many".
1. Intro: I'm sure this track sounds familiar to many of you. This is a remixed version of the final piece on our free LP with 2dopeboyz and Puma. We thought it was cool to start the project with this song and kind of give it the feel of a sequel to Antihero Begins.
2. Game feat. Dwele For many years I hoped that hip-hop music would find its way back to its true essence and that we would not have to compromise our art to reach a broader audience. Not exactly sure where hip-hop is right now, I chose to address this conflict in the second song of the LP.
3. Self Made A piano driven and very epic song that reflects a moment of courage when all else seems to collapse around you. I think the key to a successful career is the way you behave when there is no way out. Plus, I think the song depicts our influences in 70s rock very nicely.
4. Learned in School I've seen a lot of people fighting for a cause and really believing in what they do, and I'm not talking about a political cause, I'm talking about dreams. But once you get into the comfort zone and money starts to matter, you're likely to give up on those dreams. Being in a safe place is not always a good thing.
5. Let it Be Some things might not turn out the way you want them to be, but if you can't accept that losing is a part of life you'll have a tough time getting back on your feet.
6. Come and Get It See, here's the thing, a lot of people perceive us as conscious artists, and sometimes this can be more harming than it is helpful, especially in today's music environment when artists rarely get credit for being positive and smart. So I decided to be more battle-ish on this song.
7. Things We Do feat. Souleez This is probably the most poetic song on the album. Money and fame do not legitimize your position in society, it takes a lot more than cars and gold to be respected and admired.
8. The Fan feat. Nottz This is hip-hop in its purest form; real heads will definitely appreciate this joint. Today's music consumers usually walk around with an iPod filled with two million songs. Everything's available, this is why I don't believe there's a fan culture anymore, I'd call it a recycling culture where songs get exchanged in a matter of minutes, and there is no place for identification with an artist.
9. Fade feat. Liya A very personal cut, and it basically describes how relationships can and when specific goals start to shift. She is ready to make the next step while you're caring more about your dreams and how you can make them become reality. What arises is a conflict of interest that can lead to a painful breakup.
10. Turn It Up I guess this is our "Encore", the closing track of a showcase, the Grande Finale. What makes this song stand out is the delivery of the lyrics with no clear structure, just a free flow. I wrote that in a couple of minutes and I think it fits the music perfectly.
11. Phase Me feat. Lenny Harold The fight for recognition can be very tiring, especially when you always have to prove yourself in front of people that might not necessarily be qualified critics. But this is the music business and some acquaintances might not favor you, but you still have to be able to deliver when asked, no matter who it is.
12. Hard To Find A few years ago all a musician had to do was to write and record music. His field of competences was limited to the creative aspect of a project. Today, with new production technologies and the unlimited possibilities offered by the Internet, artists are forced to become multitasking machines. We write, produce and record our own music, shoot our own videos, take our own pictures, mix and master our songs, plan our budgets, book our own shows and program our own websites. We are one-man companies.
13. Work It Well, I guess this is the prototype of a club banger. A couple of very entertaining punch lines on top of a heavy Timberlandish beat. Let's clink our classes, this is a no brainer, but fun to listen to.
14. Live Life feat. Tyler Woods We've all heard the subject matter of this song before. It's about finding the right tools that will assist you in surviving the daily struggles whether you're on the job or in the streets. The one thing we all have in common is the bills that we have to pay at the end of the month. It's up to you to choose the path that will provide you with liquidity.
15. Be Free You see all these rappers living the high life and spending a crap load of money on things they don't need, but, the question is, if you had that same amount of money, would you behave any differently? This song is about the things that I value in life, BUT, maybe money will change them too one day. We shall find out when the time is right...
16. Witness It is hard to carry the burden of authenticity on your back, especially when you see that it is never paying out. And even though we are purists and love true hip-hop, a man can't" live on bread alone...
17. It's Music feat. Lenny Harold ...but at the same time we should never forget what we're in this for, and it's certainly not wealth, but the music...if there is no love and happiness in what you do you'll never reach perfection, word to Aristotle.