Nas - Last Real Nigga Alive Pt. 2

Unfortunately not quite as dope as the original, but this Pt 2 sees Nas spitting some standard on-point bars over a jazz-inspired backdrop.

From DJ Green Lantern’s Invasion Radio 2k10 Mixtape, but this is a tagless version for you.

Nas – Last Real Nigga Alive Pt. 2

DJ Muggs & Ill Bill - Kill Devil Hills [Video]

Some more visuals for one of my favourites from the album (Out today. Buy here).

Make sure you pick up the audio because it’s a banger.

Big Sean-Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG

After a couple of track leaks, videos and plenty of hype, we finally get the latest mixtape offering for Big Sean. Absolutely can’t wait to hear this, as I’ve become a really big fan of this guy from the quality of his previous 2 mixtapes.

Click here to check out the leaks etc. previously mentioned, and please do yourselves a favour and grab this mixtape. I can’t stress enough how much quality Sean possesses, and if you’re a new-school fan of hip-hop you really need to be appreciating talents like his.

Big Sean-Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG

Khalil-Girlfriend Ringtone Video

R&B’s (better, more tolerable) version of Justin Bieber lets loose a video for his decent debut single.

As previously stated, this was originally a Sean Garrett track but Def Jam obviously felt it was better suited for Khalil. It’s a good track either way though, and be sure to give the audio a go here.

Final Version of Bieber x Raekwon x Kanye West

The tagged up version was posted a few hours ago, and the final version has been let loose by Kanye. Comes with artwork too, hence I felt this was deserving of a new post.

One thing that has to be said, despite my previous insistence on not reviewing the track: Kanye’s done a great job with this beat. It’s a bit of a shame it was used for a Justin Bieber collab (no offense, it’s just a beat better suited for a real hip-hop track). As I said before, this track will definitely intrigue almost every visitor of this site so click below and prepare to listen to the Wu-Tang and Justin Bieber together

Justin Bieber-Runaway Love Remix ft. Raekwon and Kanye West

Maino Samples Kernkraft 400's Zombie Nation

Pretty nice track here from Maino, as ever, utilising a classic sample for the first leak from The Art of War. The sample is layered over some pounding drums, and comes accompanied with a pretty decent and motivational hook. Maino sticks to his tried and trusted rapping style, bringing those street raps to the table.

Maino-We Gonna Win

Big Sean-Meant To Be

This is another great track from Big Sean, who impresses me more and more with his beat selection: it’s a nice blend of old-school simple vibes layered with some modern touches that retain the youthful and fresh vibe in his music, without sacrificing his maturity.

His rapping ability doesn’t need introduction, as he’s comfortably one of the most accomplished rappers of the ‘new breed’, and cements that status with some diverse and addictive flows on this one. Where’s the mixtape at Sean!?

Big Sean-Meant To Be

Trey Songz-Can't Be Friends Video

Can’t wait to watch this one. One of the strongest R&B tracks of recent months, the lyrical content of this track should lend itself to an intriguing and captivating video.

Audio can be fetched here.

Justin Bieber, Raekwon and Kanye West-Runaway Love

So it’s finally here. Probably the most anticipated arrival since the aliens landed, the power of Twitter takes its final, controversial and confusing shape in the form of this song.

I think everyone who visits this site has some form of curiosity about this song, whether its musical or morbid, so I’m not going to pointlessly influence you with my opinion on this. Click below and marvel at how crazy this industry is. It has minor tags, so keep it locked for the final version as and when its let loose. Update: That would be now. Click here for the final version and artwork.

Nipsey Hu$$le and Lloyd - Feelin' Myself [Video]

Visuals for this excellent track by Nipsey Hu$$le & Lloyd are finally here. This is a track that’ll feature on Nipsey’s debut album, South Central State Of Mind. Click here for the audio.

Upcoming Single Artwork

The Catch-Up: Nas, Game, Jay Electronica and More

I don’t like doing these as it doesn’t leave room for reviews, but time’s been a rare commodity this weekend and it’s not right to hold this material from you. Some big name material below, although keep in mind the star-studded Game track is an unfinished version and hence it’s not yet getting the headline feature you’d expect it to.

Cam’ron-Yo Momma On Ya ft. Snoop Dogg and Jim Jones

Nas-Power, Paper & P****

The Cool Kids-Clicking

Game-Higher ft. Jay Electronica and Swizz Beatz

Quick Blast: RZA, KRS-One and True Master

Quick blast for a quick track, clocking in at just under 3 minutes. From KRS and True Master’s upcoming collaborative album, RZA provides a guest verse for a vintage sounding track that will keep hip-hop heads happy.

KRS-One & True Master-1, 2, Here’s What We Gonna Do ft. RZA

Sufjan Stevens-I Walked

Let me try and reel insome of you narrow-minded folk first off: if you liked Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak, you may like this.

I’m not overly familiar with Sufjan’s material outside of the odd track here and there, but I’ll definitely be looking out for more after this. As suggested by the above association, the production on this track has a dark, atmospheric and wistful feel: one that is perfectly weaved with Sufjan’s relaxed and captivating vocals. One of those tracks that will easily clock up a lot of plays in your library, simply because of how genuinely easy it is to listen to.

Sufjan Stevens-I Walked

Sunday's Classic Collabo: Kanye West/Jay-Z/J. Ivy

Fresh off the recent ‘Monster’ of a track by Kanye & Jay (among others) and off the news that these two are apparently going to release a 5 track album, I thought it’d be fitting to dedicate today’s classic collabo to one of my favourite tracks of all time.

I’ve kind of ended up writing a little too much about this song to be contained in one post (which tells you all you need to know about how I feel about it)! So click on below to read my thoughts, and to also grab the track if you haven’t got it in your library already.

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Blink-182 Perform What's My Age Again? Live

Some nice footage of Blink performing their classic at Area 4 Festival. Not really much else to be said!

Sullee J - R.A.P. - Rhythm, Architect & Pulse [Mixtape]

Here’s one for the hip-hop heads, those of you who like your underground hip-hop will appreciate this. Fresh from performances in the past few months supporting artists such as DMX, Waka Flocka Flame, DJ Drama, Travis Porter, Maino, Jay Sean, and DJ Whoo Kid – Sullee J brings us his third official mixtape, R.A.P. – Rhythm, Architect & Pulse.

On first listen (other than tracks we’ve featured on this website before) the standout tracks on this are Dear Diary, Think Twice and Can’t Anybody See. It’s songs like these that Sullee is able to fully express his message and shows that there is much more to rap than the usual subject matter you hear in the mainstream. So if you aren’t scared by an extended vocabulary with words containing more than 1 or 2 syllables then download this great mixtape (hosted by DJ Crash & Babylon Management) by clicking here.

Click on below to check out the tracklisting.

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Sage Francis - Love The Lie [Video]

Sage Francis again proving why he’s one of the most innovative indie hip-hop artists around. This is a cracking little video here to accompany another alternative effort from his Li(f)e project which dropped a few months back.

Hell, I’ve even tagged this as Alternative!

Like this? You’ll love this!

Maino - The Art Of War Mixtape Trailer [Video]

Seems to be the case now that you can’t release a mixtape without releasing a video trailer now. Pleased Maino’s done this though as I had no clue he had a mixtape on the horizon!

This starts off with a cinematic feel and surprisingly catched me off guard as Maino’s kicks in with some rapping. Unclear whether this is just a song made purely for this trailer or if it’ll feature on the mixtape, but it’s sounding really great regardless. Looking forward to this (which will be hosted by DJ Drama) dropping.

Fashawn-Grizzly City 3 Mixtape

This guy is very highly rated in hip-hop circles, and I know Indi is a pretty big fan. Hopefully this mixtape will expose him to a wider audience, and it’ll act as a bit of an education for me too as I’ve not got a great deal of material by him.

Fashawn-Grizzly City 3

Stromae, Kanye West and Gilbere Forte-Alors on Danse Remix

When we first heard this song in South Africa, it was simply a comedy track as we thought he was singing ‘I Love Dogs’. Flashforward a month and it’s one of the biggest dance tracks around, getting regular radio airplay and now has Kanye West jumping on a remix. Incredible!

I love hearing ‘Ye do these remixes. He used to jump on these sort of tracks around the times of Graduation, and it’s superb to see him doing it again-there’s nothing like getting a ‘Ye verse on some good club music! His verses are very good additions to the track, and his flow is adapted nicely without sacrificing the memorability of his rhymes.

The beat is largely the same, with a couple of minor additions (additional percussion on the verses being the main one), and it retains Stromae’s ridiculously addictive hook throughout. Enjoying Gilbere’s verse on this a lot too, and overall it’s one of the best remixes I’ve heard in recent times, although probably because the original was so damn good! I’m so happy.

Stromae-Alors on Danse Remix ft. Kanye West and Gilbere Forte

Kanye West, Bon Iver, Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj-Monster

Shortly after announcing himself and Jay-Z were working on a 5-track album called Watch the Throne, Kanye West took to his blog to let this massive collaboration loose. This is set to be on that album, although its not known whether it will be on his own LP.

Critically-acclaimed Bon Iver are definitely the most leftfield name on this line up, and they bring some nice, ominous vocals to open and close the song. I actually like Ross’ opening too, leading nicely into another strong Kanye verse. As with his three recent tracks, Kanye keeps the replayable raps coming, delivering some great lines throughout. Jay brings some surprisingly likeable rhymes too, coming on a much more aggressive tip than any of his recent material. Minaj isn’t lacking any aggressiveness on this one either, switching up her tones and flows for dramatic effect, quite entertaining listening as she plays a few different roles.

The key to this track is the simple hip-hop beat: nothing more than some driving percussion and a light, easygoing melody. One that the hip-hop heads and mainstream folk should be able to appreciate.

Kanye West-Monster ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver and Nicki Minaj

R&B Fridays: Episode 63

Lots of great stuff this week, swelling it up to delicious proportions. Before you slam your face into the meal, get accquainted with these appetisers: Dirty Money and Drake collaborate, the announcement of Bruno Mars’ album, lots from newcomer Justin Michael, Usher’s newest video, Sean Garrett’s Inkwell mixtape, the video/audio for 3OH!3′s latest single, Cee-Lo’s amazing new song, and the final version of a Drake reference track.

Plenty of stuff there, and plenty of stuff below. This has to go down as one of the strongest R&B Fridays in recent memory too, there’s nothing I wouldn’t recommend from this week’s batch. Entrance below.

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7L & Esoteric - No Shots

If you like hip-hop, you really should be familiar with the underground duo of producer 7L and Army Of The Pharaohs’ MC, Esoteric.

First leak from their album 1212 which drops October 12th. Here Esoteric spits some rhymes on his thoughts of the current industry over 7L’s Rihanna-sampling instrumentals.

1212 boasts features from the likes of Ill Bill, Alchemist, Evidence, Inspectah Deck, Sadat X, Vinnie Paz, Celph Titled, Statik Selektah and OTU favourite Reef The Lost Cauze.

7L & Esoteric – No Shots

Sheek Louch/Joell Ortiz/Termanology - This Is Hip-Hop

If this is what Sheek Louch thinks is hip-hop, I’m certainly not disagreeing. With Joell Ortiz & Termanology on the track, we’ve got a lyrical affair blessed with a head-nodding beat. Real classic sample on the hook too.

This Scram Jones production is going to be on a mixtape from Sheek Louch (Donny Def Jam) which as of yet has no release date.

Sheek Louch – This Is Hip-Hop ft. Joell Ortiz & Termanology

Fabolous – Lights Out (I Don’t See Nobody) [Video]

Fabolous releases the visuals from one of the new tracks featured on his EP TiNC2: The Grieving Music (out September 6th). The audio seems a little out of sync with the video, but it’s a pretty cool video nonetheless. Audio can be taken by clicking here.

Kano - Spaceship [Produced By Chase & Status]

New leak from Kano’s upcoming Method To The Maadness album, which is produced by Chase & Status. As you can expect the beat to this is a superb one of the drum & bass variety (not the 1st time Kano’s experimented with this sound to great effect). This really is a very good track and fills me with great confidence that his album is going to be pretty awesome (which is out in just 3 days)! You can pre-order that here).

Kano – Spaceship

Pimp C/Bun B/Drake - What Up

New single from Pimp C’s posthumous album, The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones, featuring UGK partner Bun B and also Drake.

RIP Pimp C!

Pimp C- What Up ft. Bun B & Drake

Jay-Z and Jimi Hendrix-Jigga Hendrix (Mash-Up Mixtape)

The artwork is pretty budget, but this could be a potentially superb project. For some reason, Jay’s verses always work well in these mash-up scenarios, and Jimi Hendrix needs very little introduction or hype.