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Video: Lil Debbie Prioritizes Cute Panties - Rap PSA - Ep 17 (@NoiseyMusic)

Video: Lil Debbie Prioritizes Cute Panties - Rap PSA - Ep 17

Noisey: Life is about meeting people. Life is about seeing the world. Life, friends, is about traveling. As part of Brisk Bodega's PSA Program, we talked to California's Lil Debbie about how to hit the road with the most swag. The key? Dope luggage. (And some other stuff.)

Video: Idiomz f/ J-Hakeem - "The Gemini Effect" (@Idiomz @GodzG @jacobizreal)

Video: Idiomz f/ J-Hakeem - "The Gemini Effect"

(This video was sent to us courtesy of the late great Praverb a/k/a P the Wyse. Our condolences to all of his family and friends.)

P: "Below you will find the Jacob Izreal directed video from Idiomz. The single, bearing the same name, was released a month ago on SoundCloud."

Video: Busdriver - "Eat Rich" (@Busdriverr @TrevorSeamon)

Video: Busdriver - "Eat Rich"

Trevor: What would Gravity’s Rainbow sound like as a rap album? Here is an album which, if we may, reminds the listener of their whispered allegiances to fundamental realities. The brushstrokes are delicate, stabbing, pointed. The overwhelming crescendo they whirl towards may be one of bitterness, and rightfully so. There is also lightness. A black man is giggling and pointing at you. It may have everything and nothing to do with rap and one’s place in it. Humiliation, no longer a threat—but a reality, has been exhausted. Perfect Hair is what remains.

Album: @DiabolicHipHop - 'Fightin Words' (Stream) @DiamondMedia360

Album: Diabolic - 'Fightin Words' (Stream) *Charting #10 via iTunes Hip Hop/Rap Albums

Matt: A lot of dope projects dropped today, among them is Diabolic's sophomore LP, Fightin Words, which is the follow-up to his 2010 debut, Liar & a Thief. The album, which includes features from Sean Price, R.A. The Rugged Man, Vinnie Paz, Apathy, Locksmith and more, includes the DJ Premier produced single "Diabolical Sound," along with several other gems that we've been steadily promoting over the past several weeks, with your support.

Happy to say that the album just cracked into iTunes top ten Hip Hop/Rap charts, which is an impressive accolade for any artist, let alone for an independent artist releasing this completely on his own, without the help of a label, or even a distributor.
Japanese American Hip-Hop Group NjS to Release "Soular Power" 10/7 (@NjSmusic @BallinPR)

Japanese American Hip-Hop Group NjS to Release "Soular Power" October 7th

Ballin: Multinational hip-hop duo NjS (Never Just Settle) have been rocking California and Tokyo over the past several years, and while NjS have released a handful of EP's and mixtapes in the past, they consider their new release Soular Power to be their debut album. Featuring such artists as Funky DL from the UK, Equipto and Champlu from San Francisco, Adikkal (LHA) from Australia, among others NjS come out with a bang and continue their quest to connect the globe through conscious, intelligent hip-hop.

In this new era of music, artists have to do a lot more than just stand out, and bilingual Japanese-American rappers, Flow Zen and Kuga, are doing just that. The group hails from the west coast in the city of fog, San Francisco, and their music has embodied a Bay Area sound that features uniquely interesting and dynamic production. Their story begins quite humbly; the two rappers had been DJing together for several years when in 2007, in a hotel room in Osaka, Japan, they officially formed what would later become NjS, and the rest is history.

"The interesting thing is that the Japanese people prefer the lyrics to be in English even if they don't understand it," notes Kuga. "We've been making bilingual music for a long time, but recently we've been mostly just keeping our verses all in English."

Since 2007 the two artists have had many successes, including earning spots on two Coast 2 Coast mixtapes (vol. 219 and 220) alongside artists such as Rihanna, Drake, Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, E-40, Kendrick Lamar, B.O.B., Lil Flip, Young Jeezy, and Rick Ross.

NjS were finalists in the 2012 and 2013 USA Songwriting Competition, which yielded them top 10 worldwide in the hip-hop category, and they were semi-finalists in the 2012 and 2013 International Songwriting Competition, finishing in the top 10% out of over 20,000 entries.

Taking their music internationally has always been a central goal of NjS, and coming off their recent success in Japan, the two rappers appear ready to continue pushing forward, expanding, and chasing their dream.

The new album, Soular Power, releases worldwide on October 7th 2014, to be followed by many more projects in the works for NjS in the months and years to come.
Video: @BigLoHipHop Junky Goods, Stess The Emcee & Mel Funk - "More Like 2.0" (@IStillLoveHER)

Video: Big Lo ft. Junky Goods, Stess The Emcee & Mel Funk - "More Like 2.0"

Wanja: Big Lo releases the lastest visual entitled "More Like 2.0" off his album "Magnum Opiates". The song features Junky Goods, Stess The Emcee & Mel Funk and was produced by Timeless.

Video: @PassportRav f/ Natnaiel & Julius Myth "flyniggaSayWHA"

Video: Rav.P f/ Natnaiel & Julius Myth - "flyniggaSayWHA"

Matt: After working with Camden, NJ producers Trac-Qaeda on the #weeklyStamps campaign for a single release "Immaculate,” Rav.P aka Passport Rav joined forces with the production team to create a classic feeling EP based on the name of their first collaboration. All of the tracks are produced by Trac-Qaeda besides the bonus "flyNiggaSayWHA" which is produced by Rav himself.

Video: Lone Ninja f/ June Marx - "Alpha Protocol"

Video: Lone Ninja f/ June Marx - "Alpha Protocol"

HP: Just touching base with some goodies, got the cover art, tracklisting, and new link to an exciting lead single (from Lone Ninja's upcoming album "Wave Of Carnage") entitled "Alpha Protocol". Which features his fellow "Twin Peril" comrade June Marx and is produced by the legendary Jbl The Titan. We have Killah Priest giving a shoutout in the intro!

Audio: @SchemeNavarro "8:07AM En Nuevo Laredo" (@IAmSlotA)

Audio: Navarro (f/k/a Scheme) - "8:07AM En Nuevo Laredo" (prod. Slot-A)

Scheme: Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas is one of main entries into the United States from Mexico. My parents were both brought to Nuevo Laredo at a very young age; they later met there, got married and had my sisters. My dad had previously made his way out to Chicago on his own to work and send money back, while my mother and my sisters stayed behind. He couldn't do it; it wasn't worth it if he didn't have his family by his side.

Video: @1KGaines f/ Johnny Voltik - "Calvary" (@2HungryBros)

Video: K. Gaines f/ Johnny Voltik - "Calvary"

Deep: K.Gaines and Johnny Voltik team up on the song "Calvary" to overthrow the beat's (by 2 Hungry Bros) tyrannical horns with their witticisms, humor, and rhymes. This song is off K.Gaines debut solo Rumspringa: The Wildman Chronicles. This video is brought to you by the colorfully quirky vision of David Sainté along with the atypical visages of the song's two unique artists. The song is an ode to not being crucified by your own endeavors by taking it light and having fun, hence the spelling. It's not the Cavalry.

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