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Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross - Champion (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross, Jazmine Sullivan
Title: Champion
Label: We the Best Music/Def Jam

Ace is wasting no time getting the promotional vehicle rolling for his second album "Ruthless" on June 30th. The engine is a beat by The Runners, the lubricant is a passionate hook from Jazmine Sullivan, and the fuel to take it down the highway is a Rick Ross cameo. "Let them suckers spectate - cause shorty I expect that/We still touchin big weight - and surely I invest that." For all the knocks Ross has taken in the media, he still sounds like a lyrical drug kingpin, and he's hardly the first person to exaggerate about his life on wax. What about his protege Ace Hood though? "Top down in the Chevy, yeah you know I keep it pimpin/And my pistol heavy - niggaz know that ain't slippin." He's clearly cut from the same cloth. There's nothing profound or innovative about this song but the rhymes are delivered well, the beat is really strong and Sullivan's hook sticks in your head long after the track ends. It's a solid start for "Ruthless" and the only complaint I can offer is that the statement "we'll see you at the Grammys" at the end seems a little TOO ambitious at present.

The Adam B Experience (ABX) Podcast #19!

The Adam B Experience

Adam B: "Seven new songs pepper this episode of The Adam B Experience, including some from new artists I'd like to introduce everyone to, like Why G? and Eprhyme, as well as new joints that feature some ABX faves like P.Casso, Homeboy Sandman and Breez Evahflowin. Overall it's a pretty high energy show, so grab your helmets and get ready for a ride! Hit me up with feedback at" The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE for listeners at - no worries about downloading or sharing this show. Tell your friends to check out the freshness of ABX right here at!

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LA Symphony's CookBook Breaks Down Why He Loves the 80's

CookBook is one fifth of the California rap group LA Symphony, one half of the duo Cook & Uno, and 100% of the solo artist CookBook (I guess that last one was kind of obvious). It didn’t take the LA native long to figure out that he was a unique soul, as he notes “I was a Puerto Rican kid, not from the east coast, but born in Los Angeles, who skated in his hood instead of rolling with his cholo homeys, who played piano, listened to Hip-Hop, and somehow made it all work together.” His latest project is a solo one, the 80’s inspired creation I Love The 80’s. Since I love the 80’s, as well (hey, who doesn’t?), I sat down with CookBook to find out more about the album, what he was doing in the 80’s, and the deal he’d like to make with VH1.

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2009 MTV Movie Awards - Bruno Falls on Eminem

Bruno falls on Eminem at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards.

Free Music Friday: The Comeback Edition

Ladies and gentlemen, I know it's been a while but "Free Music Friday" is finally back y'all! They say the best things in life are free, but we know how expensive good music can be lately. So as long as the artists keep on releasing albums/mixtapes for free, we gonna keep it moving and provide y'all heads with their works right CHEA!

We have plenty of mixtapes and albums to give out, so I'll stop talking and get to the FREE giveaways!


[For those of you who were scratching your heads wondering where Murphy Lee's been like I was, the milk carton answer is found in this mixtape. He mainly hosts, but his new songs and freestlyes are on here, as well. It shows that this St. Lunatic isn't
the one to quit anytime soon, derrty!]

01. Intro
02. Murphy Lee - Ass like Dat (ft Shorty Da Kid)
03. Chingy - Swag
04. Doughboy - New Monsta
05. Gena - Heavy Rotation
06. Bow Wow - Big Time (ft Ron Brownz, JD & Nelly)
07. Murphy Lee - Skit #1
08. Murphy Lee - What It Dew (ft Yo Gotti)
09. Chingy - She Get It In (ft Stacee & Rich Money)
10. Yung Ro - Donk Dat (Remix) (ft Chingy & City Spud)
11. Murphy Lee - On The Corner
12. Murphy Lee - Fuck U (ft Futurre)
13. St. Lunatics - St. Lunatics
14. Murphy Lee - My Shoes (ft Kanjia) (DJ Noize Blend)
15. M.C - Get It Crackin'
16. Jibbs - J Walk (ft Lil Boosie)
17. M.C - Doin My Thang
18. St. Lunatics - Get Low 2 Da Flo
19. The Thump - Same Ole Me
20. Yung Ro - Push It Back
21. Hakeem Tha Dream - Tripped Out
22. Hakeem Tha Dream - Tripped Out (DJ Noize Blend)
23. Ray Da Kidd - Jump Stupid
24. J-Kwon - Fly (DJ Noize Blend)
25. M.C - AnyThing (ft Vega & Ca$h Flow)
26. Unlady Like - Dough
27. Joka - What Up Derrty (DJ Noize Blend)
28. Huey - 24-7-369 (DJ Noize Blend)
29. Murphy Lee - Skit #2
30. Murphy Lee - Put In Me Coach (ft Mankey, Yung Ro & Ray Da Kidd)
31. Huey - No Make Up (ft Trey Songz)
32. Huey - No Make Up (ft Trey Songz) (DJ Noize Blend)
33. Jibbs - Dedication (Ay DJ) (ft Lloyd)
34. Huey - PaYow! (Remix) (ft Bobby V & Juelz Santana)
35. Tydis - You Make Me Say (ft Chingy)
36. Outro


The Away Team featuring Nervous Reck - "The Warm-Up"

The Away Team featuring Nervous Reck - The Warm Up

[North Carolina's own The Away Team, along with Nervous Reck, is giving away their free album called "The Warm-Up." The story of this album is that Reck and Away Team made a slew of songs in 2006 that ended up in what you'll hear here. Check it out!]

01. The Warm Up (Produced by: Khrysis)
02. Look At Me (Produced by: Khrysis)
03. Wise Cracks (Produced by: Khrysis)
04. Smiley Face (Produced by: Khrysis)
05. Champion (Produced by: Khrysis)
06. Can You Blame Me (Produced by: J. Cole)
07. Girl (Oh!) featuring Chedda Chapp (Produced by: Khrysis)
08. Turn It Up featuring Sean Price (Produced by: Khrysis)
09. Vice Gripz (Produced by: Erv Ford)
10. Tortureous featuring L.E.G.A.C.Y. (Produced by: Khrysis)
11. License To Thrill (Interlude)
12. Original Sin (Produced by: Nervous Reck)
13. Nothing Comes Easy featuring Chedda Chapp (Produced by: Khrysis)
14. Home Alone featuring Quianna (Produced by: Khrysis)
15. U Fell Off! (Produced by: Bobwire)
16. Get That Doe (Produced by: Khrysis)
17. We Got It (The Best Out) Bonus Track (Produced by: Khrysis)


Tyler Woods - "The R&B Sensation Mixtape"

[9th Wonder's protege Tyler Woods is known for sainging his heart out on bangin' songs, such as Buckshot & 9th Wonder's "Hold Me Down" and Camp Lo's "Gotcha." This morning, 9th Wonder released this mixtape on his Facebook and best believe I snatched it right up and put it here for y'all to hear. Listen up!]

n/a (There's no specific tracklisting due to the fact that it came in one big track, but it's dope though!)

[Here's a dope hip-hop group from Denver, CO. The Food Chain offers hip-hop from all angles. From jazzy to gangsta to abstract to club music, Food Chain has it all. Check
them out!]

1. Introfuction [prod. by Mass Prod]
2. Testify [prod. by Mass Prod] (f/ Championsoundkillablack, Meezly, F.L., Mic Coats, C1
3. City of the Snow [prod by. Kajmir Royale] (f/ F.L., Sta FLo)
4. Dem Boy Dem [prod. by Mic Coats] (f/ F.L., Petey (of Gang Green Int'l), Mic Coats)
5. Music is a Drug [prod. by Mic Coats] (f/ F.L., Jay Jay)
6. Runnin in Place [prod. by Mass Prod] (f/ Mic Coats, Championsoundkillablack)
7. Something to Remember Me Bye [prod. by Mic Coats] (f/ F.L., Mic Coats, C1, Championsoundkillablack)
8. I'm Feelin Myself [prod. by Mass Prod] (f/ F.L., Jay Jay)
9. My Coat [prod. by Mo Heat] (f/ C1)
10. Looks Good Too [prod. by Mass Prod] (f/ Championsoundkillablack, Mic Coats, F.L.)
11. Autopilot [prod. by Mass Prod] (f/ F.L., Ike Luva, Jay Jay, Championsoundkillablack, Mic Coats)
12. No DOutro [prod. by Mass Prod]


J.Period + Q-Tip - The [Abstract] Best

[This mixtape been out for months, but maaaaaaaaan, it stays as fresh as when was first baked. J.Period's "The [Abstract] Best" gives a well-fitting homage to none other than the A Tribe Called Quester Q-Tip. It includes his greatest hits, his sleepers, his unreleased mixes, remixes, interviews, and so on.]

1. J.Period f. Prince Paul, Questlove & Randy Watson– Rhythm (Scratch Intro)
2. Cannonball Adderly / Excursions Intro
3. J.Period f. De La Soul – Excursions (Tribute Remix)
4. Aquarius Interlude #1: Welcome
5. Q-Tip f. Busta Rhymes – Getting Up (DJ Scratch Remix) (The Renaissance)
6. Behind the Scenes: Ghetto Origins [Produced by J.Period]
7. What the Fuss f. Stevie Wonder (Shook Remix)
8. Queens Represent (Interlude)
9. Mobb Deep f. Nas & Q-Tip – Give Up the Goods (J.Period Remix) [Produced by Q-Tip]
10. Apache – Gangsta Bitch [Produced by Q-Tip]
11. ATCQ – If the Papes Come (Intro)
12. ATCQ – Check the Rhime
13. Behind the Scenes: Don’t Walk Away (Interlude)
14. ATCQ –Award Tour
15. Behind the Scenes: Award Tour (Interlude) 
16. Hot Butter (Interlude)
17. J.Period f. Dres - Jazz Pt. 2 (Tribute Remix)
18. Behind the Scenes: We Got the Jazz (Interlude)
19. J.Period f. Blu– Jazz (Tribute Remix)
20. Skypager: Bob Power & Big Daddy Kane (Interlude)
21. Q-Tip f. J Dilla – Let’s Ride
22. Behind the Scenes: Bob Power You There? (Interlude)
23. Q-Tip – Vivrant Thing (Remix)
24. Q-Tip – Move (The Renaissance)
25. Q-Tip – Breathe & Stop (J.Period Remix)
26. Respect to Phife Dawg (Interlude)
27. J.Period f. Consequence & Kid Cudi – Buggin Out (Tribute Remix)
28. ATCQ Consists Of…
29. Behind the Scenes: The Native Tongues (Interlude)
30. De La Soul f. Jungle Brothers, Q-Tip, Monie Love & Queen Latifah – Buddy (Remix)
31. Respect to Ali Shaheed Muhammed (Interlude)
32. Q-Tip f. Busta Rhymes – N.T.
33. A Message From Talib Kweli
34. J.Period f. Questlove, Talib Kweli & Randy Watson – Youthful (Tribute Remix)
35. Q-Tip f. Amanda Diva – ManWomanBoogie (The Renaissance)
36. Chris Rock: Men vs. Women (Interlude)
37. De La Soul f. Q-Tip – Saturdays
38. De La Soul f. Q-Tip & Phife – Saturdays (Remix)
39. Q-Tip – She Likes to Move (J.Period Remix)
40. Dee-Lite f. Q-Tip – Groove Is in the Heart
41. Beastie Boys f. Q-Tip – Get it Together
42. Behind the Scenes: What Is Kapelka? (Interlude)
43. J.Period f. Skillz, Questlove & Randy Watson – What? (Tribute Remix)
44. Behind the Scenes: Busta Rhymes / Scenario (Interlude)
45. Busta Rhymes – Scenario (Unreleased Demo Tape)
46. Behind the Scenes: Hood R.I.P. (Interlude)
47. Hood – Scenario (Remix)
48. Aquarius Outtro
49. Behind the Scenes (Bonus): Reinvention (Kamaal the Abstract – A Million Times)

Archie Eversole - Back Like I Never Left 
[Hosted by DJ Scream]

[Here's another one I haven't heard in a grip! Archie Eversole, that Southern rapper who did "We Ready" with Bubba Sparxxx back in 2002, is back! In fact, his mixtape is titled "Back Like I Never Left" and it's hosted by DJ Scream. Go and check it out!] 

01. Intro
02. Show Must Go On - prod by Beat Freaks/Trak Star Ent.
03. Gangsta Shit (Evasocoldmix) - prod by Needlz
04. War
05. Goons f/ Music Jones & C-da-G - prod by B-Shirl
06. Archie Speaks...
07. How You Like Me Now - prod by Needlz
08. I'm Back - prod by B-Shirl
09. I Got It - prod by B-Shirl
10. Everyday - prod by The Olympiks
11. What Money Sounds Like - prod by Needlz
12. Archie Speaks...
13. Bustin Bands - prod by B-Shirl
14. I'm Ready - prod by B-Shirl
15. Tear It Up - prod by Needlz
16. Block Hustle (We Eating)
17. Drip Drop f/ Legacy - prod by B-Shirl
18. Digital (Evasocoldmix)
19. Make Me Say - Tydis f/ Mr. Evasocold - prod by The Trak Starz
20. Archie Speaks...You Can Find Me In The A
21. Keep Winning f/ Ray Lavender - prod by Fuego
22. R.I.P (Evasocoldmix)

Okay, that's it for the Comeback Edition of Free Music Fridays! If you know any dope free mixtapes/albums, or you have a dope free mixtape/album of your own, don't be afraid to e-mail me at I'll be listening! K.I.M. - Two fangas, one love. 
Why CDs Are Still a Necessity for Artists

The other day I was at an underground Hip-Hop show where one emcee was totally killin it on stage. His live performance was simply incredible. He closed it, however, by saying “you can find me on iTunes.” I cringed. While having your music available digitally is a great way to reach a worldwide audience, it seems many artists are forgetting about the audience that’s right in front of their faces.

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Scratch Murders "A Millie," "Day N Night" and More

From Stephen B:

Scratch- Beatbox Mix (mediafire) (zshare)
Loss 4 Wordz- Out Today, Gold Dust

To celebrate the release of Scratch's new album which drops today, here's a mix featuring his take on some of the hottest beats out.  Proving what you already know (ie. he's not to be fucked with on the beatbox tip) the mix contains several routines used for his live show, and several exclusive joints for this mix.  I'm not going to name them all; see which ones you can catch.  Loss 4 Wordz, featuring Kanye West, MOP, Talib Kweli, Damon Albarn, Musiq Soulchild, and a gang of other folks, drops today.

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Finale - "Issues" prod. by Dimlite

From Audible Treats:

Finale - "Issues" prod. by Dimlite      05.26.2009
"It ain't real cause' I rap it, it's real cause' the sh!t really happened."  

The Song:

The latest track from Finale's debut album A Pipe Dream & A Promise, "Issues," traces the difficulties of growing up in a less than ideal situation and doing what you have to do to make the best of it. Supported by the electronic beat of Swiss producer Dimlite, Finale spits verses of true stories about those who have had to face adversity in their life. Finale offered this explanation of the track: "When I got the beat, Dimlite just sent me the drums and I wrote it within an hour. I thought of the craziest and most real stories. I think rappers forget to show the moral of the story. I think they are so used to telling the outlandish, most gangsteriffic crap, they forget to tell the stories that people can relate to, like teen pregnancy, like my mom was 15 when she had me."

The song wraps up with a monologue by Prince Whip-A-Whip, a Bronx native rapper and former member of the Cold Crush Brothers, who reminds us of the underlying passion, substance, and self-expression that marked the experience of the early days of hip-hop in the Bronx.

A Pipe Dream And A Promise is now available everywhere.

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Finale recently released Super Finale, an innovative, Super Mario Bros-themed video game, starring Finale as the main character, in which fans can win track the track "One Man Show" from the album upon completion of the game. A Pipe Dream And A Promise features production from J Dilla as well as Nottz, Flying Lotus, Oddisee, MPhazes, and Black Milk, who produced the album's lead single "Motor Music."

Play Super Finale: .

The Background:

Before making his entrance into hip-hop, Finale worked as an automotive engineer promising to one day follow his dream of becoming a rapper. Making the rounds at local Detroit open mics and emcee battles, Finale began to mingle with local talents like Guilty Simpson and One.Be.Lo. After emailing some joints back and forth with J Dilla, Finale finally met him backstage at the DEMF (Detroit Electronic Music Festival), where Dilla introduced him to Madlib, saying that he was one of the best in the game. “It was an honor and definitely a defining moment," says Finale. After realizing his passion and talent for hip-hop, Finale decided to finally quit his day job, follow his true passion, and make music a full-time career. After a handful of Fat Beats released singles, an album released with European producer Spier 1200 as a part of The Rawkus 50, and numerous appearances on independent releases from Invincible, eLZhi and others, Finale's official debut LP, A Pipe Dream & A Promise, is available in stores and online everywhere via Interdependent Media.

About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit .


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"Heat" prod. by J Dilla
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"A Pipe Dream And A Promise"
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"One Man Show"
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"One Man Show" (A Rival 8 Bit Remix) featuring Casual
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M.O.P. - Blow the Horns (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: M.O.P.
Title: Blow the Horns
Label: E1 Music/Koch Records

One of the most long-awaited and highly anticipated records in hip-hop is finally dropping this summer, and "Blow the Horns" is M.O.P.'s teaser before "The Foundation" is released this summer on E1 Music (formerly Koch Records). This can't come soon enough, but to be honest, I'm more hyped about this track as an unabashed Mash Out Posse fan than most hip-hop heads might be. It's GOOD, don't get it confused, but this isn't "Ante Up" or "How About Some Hardcore" by a wide margin. Fizzy Womack's track lives up to the name by blowing plenty horns (particularly during the chorus) but doesn't leave you blown across the room by the kind of hard-hitting boom bap (or rock) that is M.O.P.'s trademark. Fame's "a pistol in the waist is different from a pistol in the trunk" lyrics are on point but predictable, and Billy Danze sounds about as subdued as is possible for a human adrenaline tank of his calibre. I like Fame reinterpreting a classic LL line during song but in 2009 most people listening won't get the reference. M.O.P.'s posse of fans will like this and the rest will wait for the next teaser single to drop to see if its hotter.

Lafonda - Whatever I Like (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Lafonda
Title: Whatever I Like
Label: Lafonda Forever

Even as T.I. is preparing to do a prison bid, the enduring popularity of his music is apparent by the number of people rapping to his beats or doing parodies of his songs. Lafonda does BOTH, so perhaps she only needs to be arrested on weapons charges to perform a hip-hop hat trick. I wish I was more amused by this song, but Weird Al Yankovic beat her to the punch with his version and flipped the track into an anthem for cheap-ass ballers. Lafonda goes the opposite route and tries to hit up a man for as many material posessions as possible. "Diamonds for my pool, Louis Vuitton shoes/hair grip in pearl got me rockin a crew/Monday - got me flossin my Gucci by/Saturday - introduced me to my Bentley." Glad to see you have your priorities straight in this economy girl. Even Al wouldn't offer her cheese on a Big Mac - but yet I can't TOTALLY hate since the beat's still straight even though it's not hers and she can sing a little bit. I suspect her original material (if she has any) is better.

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