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Free Music Friday: Half of Summer Edition

Free Music Friday:  Half of Summer Edition

Ladies and gentlemen, I can’t believe it’s almost half of summer already. Man, time went by fast, hasn’t it? But don’t fret, I still have plenty of free music for you to enjoy!

Amen - Head On


[This Southern Carolina emcee named Amen has a new free LP entitled “Head On,” which was sent to the world by producer MIDI Marc. This album is filled with 11 tracks produced by the likes of MIDI Marc, Khrysis, Keelay and Zaire, and more. Check it out!]


1. Hollywood [Prod. by MG the Future]

2. Zack Morris [Prod. by Khrysis]

3. Day in the Life**

4. Down South*

5. Tried to Tell Ya [Prod. by Keelay and Zaire]

6. Arsonist*

7. Real Life*

8. Nature Boy*

9. Like 50 [Prod. by Johnny Drama]

10. Bad Situation**

11. Gotta Be*

* Prod. by DJ Forge

** Prod. by MIDI Marc


B-Wayne Da Prodigy - Swagg Nation (Hosted by DJ Who?) [Mixed by DJ Noize]

B-Wayne Da Prodigy

[Straight from Cincinnati, Ohio is an emcee who's working to put the Midwest back on the map. Knock Out Ent., DJ Who? and DJ Noize are on his saide as they release this free mixtape to show his talent to the world in "Swagg Nation." Check it out!]


1. Gwap (Intro) (ft B-Graham)

2. Fresher Den A Mafucka (ft B-Graham)

3. Gettin To Da Money (ft B-Graham)

4. My Swag On (ft Trigga Mane)

5. Droskie

6. I'm Ill (ft Major Deal)

7. Grind

8. Swagg Official (ft Ron B.)

9. I Got Dough

10. Helicopter (ft Rob B.)

11. I'm Too Fresh (ft Ron B. & Skeet-A-Weat)

12. Gimme Dat Pussy

13. Raincoat (ft Ben Beamon)

14. Pussy Talk

15. High 5 Da Floor (ft B-Graham)

16. In Da Jungle (Ron B.)

17. Throed In Da Club

18. Shoot (Outro)


Chamillionaire - Mixtape Messiah 7

Thumbnail image for MIXTAPE MESSIAH 7 COVER.jpg[Y'all already know that this cat has been one of the masters of releasing dope mixtapes ever for years. Now this seventh editon of his "Mixtape Messiah" series is said to be his last, by Cham himself. If you're wondering how hard he'll be swinging on his mixtape swan song, peep it here. It's mixed with original tracks as well as today hits remade with a Chamilli twist. CHAMILLITARY MAYNE!]  


Disc 1:

1. The Final Chapter

2. Famous Feat. Famous

3. Internet Thugs Attack

4. 100 million

5. Best she ever Had

6. Breathe

7. I know ya Mad Feat Bun B

8. Denzel Washington Feat Z-Ro

9. Day Dream

10. Jewelry Skit

11. Gucci & Fendi

12. Playa Status

13. This Morning

14. Comin down candy

15. Solo Feat Crooked I

16. The One

17. Still hustlin

18. Bike Repo Skit

19. Scratch That

20. Dead Presidents

21. Successful

22. On My Grind

23. Lonely at the Top

24. Life goes on Feat Tony Henry

25. Say Goodbye

26. For the money Outro

Disc 2:

1. The Final Chapter 2

2. Still Gettin Money

3. In My City Mayne

4. Big Deal

5. I'm 2 Good

6. How We Do It

7. The Realest Eva

8. Aint Nobody

9. King of Tomorrow

10. City Lights

11. Just Smile

12. FInal Story

13. I'm On It- Bonus Track

Grey Matter - The Problem EP

[This hip-hop group, Grey Matter, consists of one emcee and one producer, Illustrate and TEMPERMENTAL. They’ve been in the game since 2001 and has shared their talents with many well-known emcees on stage, such as KRS-One, Talib Kweli, and Grandmaster Flash.  Outside of music, both Ill and TEMP teaches audio engineering at Full Sail University at Orlando. “The Problem” is their latest (FREE!) release that tackles many problems and the world’s ills of today. Take a listen to this and you might find Grey Matter as the solution.]


1. Strange Times

2. The Kickboxer

3. Same Old Story

4. Dishwater

5. Its All Included

6. The Problem


J-Snizzy - Snizzy’s Simple Soul Beats

[No, I didn’t draw that on Paint, that’s the actual album cover, my friends. J-Snyder a/k/a J-Snizzy is a North Carolina producer who has this free beattape available for all to hear. It’s “Snizzy’s Simple Soul Beats.” The cover may look simple indeed, but the beats are hip-hop in its pure and simple form.]


A. All Welcome to Neverland Instrumental

B. If This Instrumental

C. Ahhhhh Instrumental

D. Fold Up Instrumental

E. Kalm Kid's Theme instrumental

F. Boom Instrumental

G. I am Legend Instrumental

H. Don't Turn Around Instrumental

I. One Love Instrumental

J. Engard Instrumental

K. Gotta Find Instrumental

L. Hold Your Body Instrumental

M. Marvel Vs Capcom Instrumental

N. Let me Show You Instrumental

O. Looney Toons Hip Hop Beat

P. Made Live on Ustream Instrumental

Q. Share My Love Instrumental

R. Tell me Sometimes Instrumental

S. Dark Nightmare Bass

T. TheMagicE-ChickInstrumental

U. Dont Know Shyt Instrumental

V. You Know Instrumental

W. Little Johnny's 8 bar Loop


J Cole - The Warm Up


[J. Cole has plenty of work cut out for him, being the first artist signed on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. But this North Carolina emcee has been practicing on perfecting his craft since he was 12. Now, Cole plays the role of LeBron James of rap, a well-known rookie who has his eyes set to become pro by the end of this year. Check him out!]


1. Intro (The Warm Up)

2. Welcome

3. Can I Live

4. Grown Simba

5. Just To Get By

6. Lights Please

7. Dead Presidents II

8. I Get Up

9. World Is Empty

10. Dreams ft. Brandon Hines

11. Royal Flush

12. Dollar and a Dream II

13. Water Break (Interlude)

14. Heartache

15. Get Away

16. Knock Knock

17. Ladies ft. Lee Fields and the Expressions

18. Til' Infinity

19. The Badness ft. Omen

20. Hold It Down

21. Last Call

22. Losing My Balance (Bonus)


Kato - "T.I.M.E. Vol. 1" (This Is My Everything)

[Rock pioneer Steve Miller once said, “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’…”  But this Atlanta producer/MC named Kato has time gripped by the ankles with this new mixtape called “T.I.M.E. (This Is My Everything).” This mixtape features previously released, unreleased, and remixes with features from Above Ave., Mike Petrone, Dumbfoundead, Lil' Scrappy, Mic Masters, Mojo Swagger and more. All tracks are produced by Kato and he believes that this free mixtape will be your time well spent.]


1. Intro (feat. Nima Haddadi)

2. Mic Masters – Landslide (Produced by Kato)

3. Grady – Everybody Hatin’ (Produced by Kato)

4. Mike Petrone – Crank It (feat. Lil Scrappy & Iam) (Produced by Kato)

5. Kanye West – Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Kato Remix)

6. Above Ave. – Don’t Be Hard On Yourself (Produced by Kato)

7. Adrift Da Belle – Real Song (Produced by Kato)

8. Tommy Lee Soul – Go (feat. Kato) (Produced by Kato)

9. Cheesecake Charger (feat. A’Leus) (Interlude)

10. A’Leus – I Got (Produced by Kato)

11. Dumbfoundead – Rapper-O’s (Produced by Kato)

12. Adult Film Stars – The Joint (Produced by Kato)

13. Mojo Swagger – Holla (Kato Remix)

14. T.I.M.E. (Interlude)

15. Mic Masters – Easy Come Easy Go (Produced by Kato)

16. Mack Jones (Poe Mack & Case Jones) – Mack Jones Shit (Produced by Kato)

17. Slick Audio – Action (Produced by Kato)

18. Thirsty Fish – Party Snatchers (Produced by Kato)

19. Mic Masters – Hot ‘N Cold (Kato Remix)


QuESt - Broken Headphones


[Throughout this year, eighteen-year old emcee named QuESt has made a big name for himself. As the winner of TAG Records’ “Survival of the Freshest” competition, this Miami-rapper has a lot of tricks up his sleeve, including this free HipHopDX-sponsored mixtape titled “Broken Headphones.” When asked “Who is QuESt?,” his answer is “I’m this guy who raps very well and who likes to speak his mind as often as possible, as well as connecting with people as much as he can. And I’m about my music; I’m definitely about my art work.” D/l this joint and you’ll see how much he is, indeed, about his art work.]


1. Broken Headphones

2. Pieces

3. Wait

4. Forever (feat. Outasight)

5. Losing My Mind (feat. Choze & Neija Jane)

6. LavishLuxuriously

7. She's Wrong

8. P.ersonal Say's "Heartless Arts" (feat. Harley & Neija Jane)

9. One Nught Out (feat. XV and Neija Jane)

10. I Need to Go

11. I'll Be Gone (feat. Neija Jane)

12. Today As Yesterday

13. A Little More Time

14. Nothing's Real

15. I Asked For It (feat. Wes Restless)

16. Be A Man For Myself

17. See What I See

Bonus Track:
18. No Tattoo 

[Editor's Note: It's worth to note that the version I'm giving you is the "Remastered" version where QuESt got rid of all the popping and snapping random sounds on his previous edition. And it also includes a bonus track called "No Tattoo."]


Rasheeda - Certified: The Official Mixtape

Rasheeda - Certified (Official Mixtape)

[This Georgia Peach has all the listeners chewing on her bubble-gum with her hit “That Type of Girl.” If you’ve been wondering what else she has to offer in her candy store, this “Certified” mixtape’ll have all the treats that’s gonna satisfy your sweet tooth.]


1. Rasheeda Intro

2. Boss Chick

3. Juicy Like A Peach ft. Shawnna

4. Halle Berry (Remix)

5. Touch Ya Toes

6. Take Em To Tha Bank

7. Rasheeda Checks In

8. Stay Strapped

9. Show Out ft. Diamond

10. The Best ft. Diamond

11. Compliment

12. Rasheeda Interlude

13. Thing On Me

14. Uptown

15. Successful

16. Eni Miny ft. Nelly & Manchild

17. Bubble Gum ft. Kandi, Fabo & Diamond (Remix)

18. DJ Ames Outro

19. Boss Chick ft. Yung Ralph, Jacki-O & Diamond (Remix)


Rashid Hadee - Chopped Not Screwed Vol.1 (808’s & Hadee)

[Rashid Hadee is known for his works with Little Brother and Analogic, as well as his acclaimed solo works. Hadee’s latest mixtape is a homage to Kanye West’s 2008 record “808 & Heartbreaks” (and also to the late DJ Screw). Now whether you thought that record was good or not (I admit, that record took a LOT to grow on me and I mean A +LOT+!), you should definitely peep this version. It’ll keep your hard drive lockeeeeed doooooown.]


1. Intro (Say You Won’t)

2. Lose Control (Say You Will) feat Augustine

3. This Far (Welcome To Heartbreak) feat Pugs Atomz

4. Heartless (Heartless) feat The Primeridian

5. Rhyme And Reason (Amazing)

6. Amazing feat Augustine and Melatone

7. (Love) Lock Down

8. The Wrong Thangs (Paranoid)

9. LA Girls (Robocop)

10. Set In Stone (Street Lights)

11. Answer The Phone (Bad News)

12. (See You In My) Nightmares

13. Coldest Winter feat Simeon of The Primeridian

14. American Dream (Pinocchio Story) Part I feat Decay

15. American Dream (Pinocchio Story) Part II feat Decay


Rik Cordero & the Kickdrums - Inside A Change Soundtrack

[Yo, you remember bangin’ soundtracks for movies such as Juice or Menace II Society? Back when a soundtrack meant something other than just background music for movies? Well, music video director Rik Cordero (who’s basically the next Hype Williams) has this FREE soundtrack for his upcoming movie “Inside a Change.” That’s right, FREE SOUNDTRACK! And it’s filled with many dope emcess such as Wale, Joell Ortiz, Novel, Royce Da 5’9’’, Skillz, and more! Y’all should definitely peep this one.]


1. Joell Ortiz feat. The Kickdrums – “How To Change”

2. J.A.M.E.S. Watts feat. Frank G – “You’re My Life”

3. The Kickdrums – “Just A Game”

4. A.P. feat. Illmind – “All I Seen”

5. Wale – “Family Affair”

6. Saigon feat. The Kickdrums – “Change Gon Come”

7. Skillz feat. Usef Dinero & DJ Jazzy Jeff – “Inside A Change”

8. Jayci – “Thru”

9. Novel – “F*** Wit My Mind”

10. J.A.M.E.S. Watts & Nami Unreal feat. Frank G – “Get Up 8”

11. Black Moon – “This Goes Out To You”

12. Aasim feat. Sean C & Lv – “Just Live”

13. J.A.M.E.S. Watts & A.P. feat. The Kickdrums – “Other Side”

14. Royce Da 5′9″ – “The Best Thing Yet”

15. Jared Evan – “Headphones”

16. Jesse Boykins III – “Be All Truth”

17. Consequence feat. Statik Selektah & Paula Campbell – “Closer”

18. Jason Lam – “Inside A Change Main Theme”

19. Chronik & Echonomist – “Inside A Change Love Theme”

20. Blakkout – “Closer” (Original Version)

21. Rik Cordero & Nami Unreal – “Speak Again”


The Sistah - Brown On the Edges EP

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[The Sistah is an atypical sistah singing from Brooklyn. She speaks on her personal life as she vibes over a blend of R&B, hip-hop, and jazz beats. This EP is fully produced by Aqua League and has a cameo appearance by Eternia. If you’ve been yearning for something beyond what the radio plays, this one is recommend for you.]


1. Brooklyn Was Beautiful

2. I’m Sorry

3. 1ne

4. Don’t Want You

5. I’m Yours

6. Brooklyn Was Beautiful (Acoustic)

7. 1ne Remix (featuring Eternia)


Trends - The Electronic Tape

[Last time we spoke on Trends, he released his “Beautifually Tragic Love Stories” mixtape last month. Now he has his July tape ready to go and it’s “The Electronic Tape,” hip-hop blended with electro music. If you like hip-hop with an electric twist, then this one should be in your hard drive for a good while.]


1. Electronic Intro

2. Thinking Out Loud

3. People Get Ready

4. Until She Cums

5. It's A Fine Day

6. Your Face

7. Rainbow Convo

8. Mr. Romantic

9. Switch it Up

10. One More Time

11. Electronic Outro


There it is for another 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 and/or questions, e-mail me at, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all!  

Check Out a Special Hip-Hop Edition of "Superfriends Radio"

Our good friend Big D from Tampa, Florida has a variety show on BlogTalk called Superfriends Radio. Yesterday he decided to do a special edition focused on bringing SKILLS back to real hip-hop, and his special guests were MC Headcase from North Carolina, Marat Tha Don Nacho and DL Smooth from The Emprise and D-Kon from L.C.N. Check out this underground all-star edition of Superfriends Radio at this link and you'll even be able to hear the EXCLUSIVE internet debut of Headcase's brand new single "Slice of Life." Enjoy!
Reassessing Rap-Rock

Hip-hop has always had a tumultuous relationship with its rap-rock/nu metal subgenre. Many hip-hop fans refuse to recognize it as hip-hop unless songs include an already established rap act, a la the Judgment Night soundtrack from 1993. Many feel rap-rock is a bastardization of the culture and the rappers who lead these groups are unskilled phonies who need a band backing them because they can't hack it with just two turntables and a microphone.

Those critics, however, are missing the point entirely and selling hip-hop music short.

Read the full story at:


Brown Bag AllStars - I'll Remain (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Brown Bag AllStars
Title: I'll Remain
Label: Brown Bag AllStars

"Now here's a little story that must be told/About a fly young fellow by the name of Soul/He was the, son of a poet, descendant of freaks/Had the whole world burnin off his method of speech." It may be getting a bit cliche to give BBA so much play, including on RapReviews today, but there aren't any other crews in hip-hop giving away tracks of this quality every week for free. The latest entry is produced by Tailor Made NYC, who has definitely patterened his style off the Alchemist church organs, but falls JUST short of capturing the depth of profound sound A-L-C achieves. Nevertheless the song is a winner with the AllStars flowing over it, spitting lines like "We in the lab studyin song-makin/Your money's for our takin/Design the formula buddy, you're all fakin." Stay tuned for more of AllStars free dopeness and a possible Hip-Hop Shop interview in the near future!

Hip-Hop Shop #42 w/ Steve 'Flash' Juon

Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D every week on Sunday night. Episode 42 features new material from K-Murdock, Atari Blitzkrieg, Soul Khan and more! If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to for more information. The Hip-Hop Shop is 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Soul Khan f/ Big Chief - Brown Bag Flavor
* Soulico f/ Axum & Lyrics Born - Put 'Em Up
* Atari Blitzkrieg f/ Louis Logic, Roc C - Knock Knock Bastard Face
* iCon the Mic King f/ Awar - Fall From Grace
* K-Murdock - Neo-Sonic BOOM!
* Slew - It's All Over
* Brown Bag AllStars - Brooklyn Queens Expressway

Trey Songz f/ Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy - LOL (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Trey Songz f/ Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy
Title: LOL
Label: Atlantic Records

"Shawty sent a TwitPic, sayin comin and get this/LOL, smiley face - LOL, smiley face." I'm not sure what bothered me more about this leaked single from Trey's forthcoming album "Ready," but it's either the ridiculous chorus, the voice saying THIS IS A DJ STORM EXCLUSIVE over and over, or the fact the producer's name is FISHER PRICE. Thankfully the beat is not made with one, and Trey's opening verse is okay, and nobody here is singing with Autotune. Unfortunately things go downhill when Gucci Mane comes in with his "first day sexin', next day textin'" rhymes, and then absolutely fall off a cliff as Soulja Boy tries to rhyme Blackberry with Halle Berry and "my place" with MySpace. Awful. This song is just hideous enough that I know it's going to be a top ten hit on every radio station in the country just to torment me.

Jay-Z f/ Kanye West, Rihanna - Run This Town (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Jay-Z f/ Kanye West, Rihanna
Title: Run This Town
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam

There's a rumor going around the internet now that Drake was originally on "Run This Town" but was cut because his performance outshined Jay's. That's actually not hard to believe because Kanye outshines Jay too and merks the beat he and No I.D. produced. "It's crazy how you can go from being Joe Blow/to everybody on your dick - no homo/I bought my whole family whips, no fo'-fo's/Next time I'm in church, please no photos." Rihanna neither adds nor subtracts from this equation - she does a fine job singing the hook but hips CAN lie when you can't see them through your headphones and she's just Anonymous Chorus Chick #23. "Death of Autotune" was a much better leak for Jay musically, lyrically AND in terms of establishing his dominance before his September return. This song could have been labelled "Kanye West featuring Jay-Z" and would've had the same if not MORE impact.

Havoc - H Is Back (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Havoc
Title: H Is Back
Label: E1 Entertainment

There's nothing wrong with Havoc solo per se. We've reviewed both "The Kush" and "Hidden Files" and each has gotten somewhat above average scores, particularly on the beats. Oh wait - that IS what's wrong with Havoc solo. His biggest strength as one half of Mobb Deep has always been as producer. No doubt he's competent enough to rock his verses on any classic Mobb track, but when Prodigy was rapping over Havoc's beats was when things shined the brightest. "I get up in they ass/I'm all up in they face/I let 'em hear the drums/then let 'em feel the bass/It's the real... hip-hop/It's the real... hip-hop." That's probably the lyrical HIGH point of "H Is Back" given at one point he brags that his guns blow bigger than Dumbo. The track however is NICE. It's that trademark layered Mobb Deep sound, Queensbridge to the fullest, multiple layers of menacing synths and deadly melodies. At 2:28 in length this song doesn't stay on long enough to bring H back as describe, but I'm not sure sixteen more bars from Havoc would have helped the cause. I hope P comes home soon and the M-O, B-B is back together as they should be.

Zoser - Chicago Soul

Chicago has long been a hotbed for Hip-Hop and Zoser is primed to be the next in line to become a part of the city’s storied lineage of great emcees. His latest album, which is his third overall, is Day 3: The Science and it features a jazzy blend of music, some lyrical dexterity and subject matters that have real depth and meaning. Zoser is laying his first seven albums out as separate days in a week, saying “the common thread is the fact that I am taking my career and life one day at a time. Growing and learning with each day.” Wanting to learn more about this dynamic artist I caught up with Zoser to find out about his musical background, which includes his father’s career as a jazz musician, the ways in which he feels positive thought can play an important role in our everyday lives, and the impact he hopes to have both on music and his local community.

Read the full interview at:

Baatin of Slum Village Dead

The Black Vibes website is reporting that Baatin, famed as a member of popular rap group Slum Village, died yesterday. The passing of Baatin comes right as B had reunited with remaining SV members Elzhi and T3 to record "Villa Manifesto" for a September 22nd release date. SV had just released the single off that album "Cloud 9" with former Floetry member Marsha Ambrosius. Baatin a/k/a Titus Glover was previously diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, all of which contributed to his previous leave of absence from the group.  Talib Kweli had this to say on Twitter: "I'm at a loss right now. Hi-Tek was set to dj for Slum Village tonight. RIP Baatin. More influential than you can imagine. Slum Village forever." We'll bring you more details when they are available.

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