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[27 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]

With over 120 million views to his YouTube channel, and the recent explosive success of label mates Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton, Funk Volume label co-founder Hopsin adds fuel to his already game-changing firestorm with the release of his long awaited sophomore album Knock Madness. Known for explicitly detailing his struggle toward success as an independent artist, as well as scorching critiques of the current state of hip-hop music and its effects on youth culture, the new album finds Hopsin conveying various emotional states. From delving into sorrow and grief in “Old Friend” to the witty, abrasive and blunt “Hop is Back,” which featured widely discussed …

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[29 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

Zambian Rap outfit; Zone Fam have come full circle, within the past year they have released Hit after Hit including Contolola, Sinjonjo, Propeller, Lobola and now “Da Bidness”. This is all in anticipation of the release of their second album in February 2014.

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[29 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

“There’s no beef” explains Casual of the legendary Hieroglyhpics crew, while unleashing a storm of clever wordplay and hilarious jabs at Eminem for claiming the #RapGod moniker when one already exists. “But I been #Rapgod” he says in response to Em’s latest single, titled “Rap God.” Casual responds with “He Still Think He #Rapgod,” a track that reminds hip hop fans that it was him who first claimed that title. The Hiero rapper released his album HE Think He #RapGod back in 2011.

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[16 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

Legendary San Francisco rapper Andre Nickatina has been in the hip-hop game for over two decades. With over 20 albums of his own (including 2008’s instant classic A Tale of Two Andres with friend Mac Dre) and production credit on many more, he has built a massive, loyal fan base and solidified himself as a dominating and lasting force in Bay Area hip-hop. His brand new, self-titled album dropped last month, debuting at #12 on the Billboard Heatseekers Album chart and making an appearance on iTunes main album chart, making it Nickatina’s most successful album yet.
Today, Nickatina …

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[15 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

Today, esteemed producer and rapper Black Milk releases No Poison No Paradise, his fifth full-length solo album on Fat Beats Records x his own Computer Ugly label. It’s been a full three years since his previous album, Album Of The Year,  and NPNP has already been welcomed with rave reviews from critics, with HipHopDX deeming it “one of the best albums of the year.” With the exception of “Sonny Jr. (Dreams),” which he co-produced with Grammy Award winners Dwele and Robert Glasper and “Deion’s House,” which was produced by Detroit-based band Will Session, the album was produced entirely by Black Milk.
Black’s visceral storytelling skills …

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[14 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

Tomorrow, esteemed producer and rapper Black Milk releases his newest full-length solo album, entitled No Poison No Paradise. Already regarded as a contender for Top 10 lists for Best Albums of 2013, NPNP exemplifies Black’s evolution and growth as an artist. Created with the intent of having a more relaxed, calmer, and darker vibe compared to his previous solo album, NPNP still incorporates his signature sample-driven production style full of hard drums and melodic synths but pushes his refined narrative ability to a new level. Today, Black shares the special iTunes-only bonus track, “Poison.” Says Black, “This was the last …

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[9 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

Str8buttah’s Teck-Zilla recruits Hustle Inc’s AQ for this hard hitting dub-step/trap infused banger titled ‘Don’t Sleep’. This single is a wake up call for everyone that ever disbelieved. Don’t Sleep is taken off Teck-Zilla’s upcoming full length compilation which will feature artistes from Nigeria,US and Canada.  Expect a few guest surprises and a very special single dropping in the coming weeks as Teck-Zilla heads to Nigeria for the home coming tour in the city of Lagos!
Soundcloud link: https://soundcloud.com/teck-zilla/dont-sleep

 

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[5 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

Last week, rappers Tanya Morgan premiered the video for “Never Too Much” featuring Nitty Scott, MC, and just yesterday released their new album as well as a single titled “The Only One.” Now, SPIN has made the brand new album, Rubber Souls, available to stream for free. The 10-track album was produced entirely by 6th Sense (whose resume includes B.o.B., Outasight and Talib Kweli) and features guests such as Rocki Evans of CharlieRED, Outasight, Spec Boogie, Spree Wilson and more. The stream even includes the CD-only bonus track “Ain’t Playing” and the LP-only bonus track “Bae Bro.”
Tanya Morgan has also released a behind-the-scenes trailer of the new material, which you can check out below. Rubber Souls is available now …

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[3 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

Afrikaans rapper HemelBesem has released the music video for his 2013 album’s title track “YMCMBesem”.
The music video for “YMCMBesem” is the third music video after previously having released music videos for “Kêrels By Candlelight” and “Hoe Salla”. The new video was shot in the city of Utrecht in The Netherlands and was directed by Arno De Haas and his Careface Productions team. It features cameo appearances by a few of The Netherlands top hiphop artists, as well as South Africa’s own EJ Von Lyrik, previously of Godessa. “YMCMBesem” is a …

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[24 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]

Born and raised in the notorious Fillmore district of San Francisco, legendary rapper Andre Nickatina aka Dre Dog has long been considered a rap luminary since the release of his critically acclaimed debut album, The New Jim Jones in 1993. Despite releasing almost 20 albums and touring public venues and colleges nonstop, Nickatina, the man, still remains somewhat of a mysterious figure due to the very few number of interviews he’s given throughout his career. Regardless, his classic showmanship and distinct voice and rhythm has earned him a fiercely loyal fan base across North America and he gains new …

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[23 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]

Detroit rapper/producer Black Milk recently released the official track list for his upcoming album No Poison No Paradise, and has now dropped a new single entitled “Dismal.” Having structured the album conceptually as the semi-biographical tale of fictional character Sonny Jr., which includes non-linear elements of Sonny’s dreams, aspirations, and memories, Black Milk explains “I wanted each song to represent a different stage of Sonny’s life. On ‘Dismal,’ he’s battling with himself to regain his position at the top.” As a youth, Sonny Jr. dreamt of becoming a successful rapper or athlete, and the song describes …

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[20 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]

Legendary Bay Area hip-hop duo Latyrx recently announced that their first album in 16 years, titled The Second Album, will be released November 5th. Brooklyn Vegan has just premiered the lead single from the album, “Exclamation Point,” produced by and featuring jazz rapper Forrest Day. Known for their experimental and adventurous approach to sonic landscapes and lyrical content, Latyrx’s members Lateef the Truth Speaker and Lyrics Born were at the forefront of an underground Bay Area hip-hop movement of the late 1990s alongside the likes of DJ Shadow and Blackalicious, …

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[20 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]

The League Of Extraordinary Gz released a new single today, premiered by AllHipHop in preparation of their upcoming album #LeagueShit. The track “Intercourse,” featuring an opening verse from Dallas native Slim Gravy of A.Dd+ and production from the League’s Reggie Coby, has a pretty straightforward message. “Just letting females know that I ain’t trying be in a relationship. I’m just trying to fuck” says Dowrong of the League.
Producer Reggie says although the skit at the end of the song was an afterthought, it fits in the track well. “There was a breakdown at the end of the beat that we weren’t sure what we …

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[18 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]

Detroit rapper/producer Black Milk released the official track list for his upcoming album No Poison No Paradise today, along with the full album artwork (inside and out) and a video that goes inside the cover artist Joonbug‘s sketchbook. Check out the track list and artwork below, and pre-order No Poison No Paradise on iTunes or FatBeats. The album drops on October 15th.
Black Milk will also embark on his No Poison No Paradise Tour with Quelle and DJ Sober later this month, kicking off September 20th in Dallas, TX and running 28 dates before wrapping up on October 24th in Washington, DC. Check out the dates below.
No Poison No Paradise Track List:

Interpret Sabotage ft. Mel
Deion’s House
Codes and Cab Fare …

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[18 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]

MTV Hive premiered the latest single from rap duo Grayskul, titled “Not Going Anywhere.” The track is from their brand new album Zenith, which drops today. Special guest Aesop Rock not only lays a verse on the track, but also produced it. Grayskul’s Onry Ozzborn says that collaborating with Aesop “brings out the best in all of us. When Aes, JFK and I get on a song together, we are at our Zenith at that moment.”
Grayskul released Zenith’s title track on Complex earlier this summer and released a visual for “Face And The Fang.” The duo’s first official album in eight years, available today, features Raekwon, Solilla, Terra Lopez, …