Statik Selektah-Extended Play (Full Album Stream)

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With an incredible number of collaborations, joint albums, productions for other artists and much more under his belt, one of hip-hop’s hardest working men is gearing up to release his 5th solo studio album next Tuesday (18th).

It’s been fun watching Statik’s reputation grow from a bubbling-under producer to one of hip-hop’s premiere acts behind the boards, and it appears most of the genre feel the same way; features are beyond plentiful here, with appearances from Raekwon, Joey Bada$$, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Blu, Joell Ortiz, Mac Miller, Flatbush Zombies, Bun B, Prodigy, Action Bronson and many, many more in what is a fantastically-stacked lineup. Of course, there are several producers/DJs who tend to get a slew of guest spots on their albums (Khaled, Drama etc.) but given their tendency to hire predominantly mainstream or ‘pop rappers’, it’s refreshing to get Statik projects that are generally full to the brim with MCs that do the genre justice. Stream the full project over at NPR below, and be sure to support next week if you’re a fan.

Statik Selektah-Extended Play (Album Stream)

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Big K.R.I.T.-King Remembered In Time (Mixtape)

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It’s tough to quite pinpoint why, but Krit’s music just doesn’t seem to stick with me. There’s clearly talent there, demonstrated well on some of his features, but for some reason I don’t find myself replaying much of his material at all despite his heavy critical and hip-hop community acclaim.

Could this be the project to change that? The features will certainly help. Bun B, Smoke DZA, Wiz Khalifa and Trinidad Jame$ appear alongside the ubiquitous (for better or worse) Future, whilst 9th Wonder contributes a beat to a project otherwise fully helmed by Big K.R.I.T. himself. There aren’t many rappers I find myself latching onto these days, but I do find myself pulling for this guy to be one of them, purely for his multi-talented nature and the regularity with which he delivers work. Stream and free download below.

Big K.R.I.T.-King Remembered In Time

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DJ Kay Slay-Grown Man Hip-Hop pt. 2 (Mixtape)

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Normally DJ’s mixtapes/albums are ones to avoid for me, and I’ve never been massive on Kay Slay’s material anyway, but the features on this do make it worth at least a brief look.

Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, Styles P, Bun B, Joell Ortiz, Jay Rock and Saigon are just a handful of the names appearing here, and at the very least its good to get verses from that collective. Excluding the intro and outro, there are 19 tracks on this too, so probabilities suggest there should be at least a couple of gems buried in there somewhere. Nothing I’m going to rush to listen to, but still worth grabbing for free below.

DJ Kay Slay-Grown Man Hip-Hop pt. 2

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Trae Tha Truth-Tha Blackprint (Mixtape)


Talk about label craziness. ABN representative and Grand Hustle-affiliated Trae Tha Truth drops a brand new tape for the hip-hop heads, hosted by Maybach Music Group’s DJ Scream. Any other labels want in here?

Clearly, everyone wants to be associated with Trae. It’s easy to spot why as his very unique delivery makes him instantly stand out from the crowd, and clearly Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, T.I., Young Jeezy, R. Kelly and many more agree given that they all makes appearances on the tape. Almost every track has a big name attached to it, and here’s to hoping Trae can hold his own and prove he belongs up with those names. Grab the enormous 20-track mixtape for free below.

Trae Tha Truth-Tha Blackprint

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Styles P-The Diamond Life Project (Mixtape)


Someone you can generally count on for a solid project, The Ghost comes through with a brand new 11-track boasting a raft of features and producers to make any hip-hop fan salivate.

Amongst others, beatmakers on this one include Lex Luger, Ted Smooth and The Alchemist, whilst the backup in terms of MCs comes from Pusha T, Bun B, Curren$y, Jadakiss and more. He’s even enlisted Raheem DeVaughn for a hook, a track I’m sure will prove to be one of the standouts. Kindly delivered for free, you can grab yours below.

Styles P-The Diamond Life Project

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Big Boi-Gossip ft. UGK and Big K.R.I.T.


It’s a Southern party for Big Boi’s first single from his next solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, as the Outkast member grabs newbie Big K.R.I.T along with Houston old heads Bun B and Pimp C (from beyond the grave).

Heavy bass and a simple vocal sample anchor the track, whilst a few additional hits of keys, synths and electronic samples interject themselves throughout for little injections of liveliness, and the result is a beat that feels very much new-school (very close to something The Cool Kids would produce) but with a heavy Southern swing thrown into the mix. The raps are strong from top to bottom, courtesy of a series of excellent flows from each artist, in addition to Big Boi’s wordplay, K.R.I.T.’s slick delivery, and Bun’s effortless presence. A solid single that’ll play well enough in the mainstream crowd, whilst satisfying the hip-hop heads.

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Mike Posner and Bun B-Rocket Man


It’s been a while since we got new music from Mike, and he’s right back on the scene with The Layover mixtape scheduled for 20th November, with this refix of the Elton John classic being the first taste of the tape.

Rather than attempting to be another cover version that falls short, this is instead a bold, modern take on the track that allows it to be entirely seperate from the original, courtesy of an electronica-inspired production that creates a futuristic atmosphere around the track. Posner’s vocals are solid throughout, and in keeping with the production attempt to utilise a more modern crossover style rather than attempting to go note-for-note with Sir Elton, whilst Bun’s contribution fits in surprisingly well as his bassy delivery contrasts well with the rest of the track. Free grab below.

Mike Posner-Rocket Man ft. Bun B

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Gilbere Forte, Asher Roth and Bun B-Black Chukkas Remix


Massive features here for one of the quicker rising (and a personal favourite) rappers out in the US, and he certainly deserves such lofty co-signs with a consistent, solid body of work behind him.

A great production really holds this together, opening with a vocal sample, evolving into a speaker-rattling, dub-influenced, electronically-driven beat with a series of addictive synths and pounding bass hits. What’s noticeable is that the production is slightly different for each rapper’s verse, adding a nice tailored quality, and a commendable attention to detail. Asher opens the verses with a solid set of bars, taking on the beat with a challenging flow and his typically laidback manner, whilst Gilbere follows with a little more urgency in a decent verse, and Bun closes things off with the strongest verse of the three, as he rotates between riding the beat step-for-step and slightly less strictly for a smooth and diverse listen. Decent effort that’ll sound great on loud.

Gilbere Forte-Black Chukkas Remix ft. Asher Roth and Bun B

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YC, Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Waka Flocka Flame, CyHi Da Prynce, Bun B, B.o.B, Yo Gotti, Wale, Cory Gunz, Dose, Cory Mo, Nelly, Twista, Big Sean, Trae Tha Truth and Ace Hood-Racks Remix


Couple of days off on this, but with 15 rappers on one song, I think you’ll probably let it slide. For those that aren’t familiar with Racks, it’s essentially one of those infectious mainstream hip-hop tracks that comes out of nowhere and takes on a life of its own, helped in part by various rappers jumping on the beat (don’t worry, I’ve labelled them in order for you!).

14 of them join YC here, some having released remixes prior to this official all-star compliation, with most being very well known names. It’s hard to pick a winning verse from the bunch, though B.o.B, Trae Tha Truth and Nelly (surprisingly) made enjoyable contributions.

YC-Racks Remix ft. Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Waka Flocka Flame, CyHi Da Prynce, Bun B, B.o.B, Yo Gotti, Wale, Cory Gunz, Dose, Cory Mo, Nelly, Twista, Big Sean, Trae Tha Truth and Ace Hood

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Termanology ft. Joell Ortiz, Bun B, Saigon & Freeway-Say It (Remix)


A mouthwatering underground lineup on this one from Term’s upcoming Cameo King II dropping May 24th.

An upbeat, bouncy instrumental sees each emcee here attempt to out-do each other. The winner? It has to be Term himself who comes through with that treble-time multi-syllabic flow that G Rap in his prime would be proud.

Termanology ft. Joell Ortiz, Bun B, Saigon & Freeway-Say It (Remix)

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DJ Khaled-Welcome To My Hood (Remix) ft. Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game & Waka Flocka


Is this the longest title we’ve ever seen on OTU? It’s certainly up there! DJ Khaled enlists a plethora of rappers to take on the remix of his recent(ish) single, Welcome To The Hood.

I can’t be the only one, but I’m pretty tired of these remixes by him where he just sticks a load of guest verses on it and expects a hit. Having said that I really wanted to hear the Game verse on this and thus had to check it out. I’m also pretty sure there’s a lot of you out there who still lap this stuff up, so who am I to hate on it?

Summary: I don’t like this and I didn’t like the original either, you might though.

DJ Khaled-Welcome To My Hood (Remix) ft. Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game & Waka Flocka

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Yelawolf-Good To Go ft. Bun B [Video]

It’s been a good week for original, creative videos and this is no different. Fresh from signing with Shady Records, Yelawolf gives us some excellent new visuals for a song that features Bun B.

There’s really not anyone out there in hip hop like Yelawolf right now, as evidenced with this song, his flow is just incredible. I, for one, cannot wait for him and Eminem to get on a song together – the thought of that happening just blows my mind.

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Clinton Sparks-Favorite DJ ft. Jim Jones, Game & Bun B (DJ Green Lantern Remix)


DJ Green Lantern remixes Clinton Sparks tribute to the DJ.

You all know what Jim Jones, Game and Bun B provide; likeable rhymes over a great beat. A real nice chorus to this track too, so it has all the elements a great mainstream hip hop track should have.

One I’ll be bumping for a while.

Clinton Sparks – Favorite DJ ft. Jim Jones, Game & Bun B (DJ Green Lantern Remix)

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B.o.B-No Genre Mixtape and The Watchers Video

B.o.B gives us another video from No Genre just as he releases the full tape, and it’s another great track. He comes through with a more conscious lyrical message on the track, running through lots of issues and questions in captivating manner that is aided by his variety in the flows.

Really enjoying the video too, as his lyrics are brought to life with the a thought-provoking set of still images that certainly add their own messages to Bobby’s.

Most importantly, the full mixtape is now available below. Really looking forward to this as the two tracks we’ve caught from it thus far have been superb. Tracklist is available after the jump below.

B.o.B-No Genre (Mixtape)

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Redman ft. Method Man & Bun B-Lite 1 Witcha Boi


From Redman’s upcoming Reggie album due to drop December 7th. Red enlists long-time collaborator Mef to spit a very tidy verse and the help of everyone’s everyman Bun B who also smashes his bars to pieces. It’s the production which to a certain element lets this joint down; Not exactly the type of boardwork you would expect the East Coast duo over, and undoubtedly suits Bun’s Southern roots better. The chorus is terrible, but the verses make up for it. This will get a few spins though.

Redman-Lite 1 Witcha Boi ft. Method Man & Bun B

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Bun B and Drake-Put It Down Video

A glut of hip-hop videos have been released over the last 24-36 hours, so let’s begin the catch-up with this one. One of the more mainstream-friendly tracks from Bun’s Trill OG, Indi got it right on this track’s release back in July by comparing it to a UGK sound.

The video slots nicely alongside the mainstream feel of the track with a club-oriented video that encapsulates the cool, confident nature of the song. Audio can be funneled out of here.

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Sunday's Second Bundle of Goodies


Murray brought you a bundle of joy earlier, and I’ll follow that up with a similarly-themed post.

First off, there’s some more unreleased 2Pac, which is really worth picking up. Getting to listen to previously-unheard mid-90s material is always a  rare pleasure. The second is a remix to Tangerine, one of the better songs from Big Boi’s superb recent solo album, adding Rick Ross and Bun B to the mix. Finally, we’ve got an uplifting T.I. and Chris Brown collab, which I assume is from King Uncaged.

2Pac-If They Love Their Kidz

Big Boi-Tangerine Remix ft. T.I., Khujo, Rick Ross and Bun B

T.I.-Get Back Up ft. Chris Brown

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Mickey Factz-Paradise Remix ft. Fat Joe & Bun B


Mickey Factz progresses furthermore on his road to becoming a prominent name in this hip-hop game with two pretty big features on this recent song of his. Great coup and definitely enhances what was already a very good track.

Mickey Factz – Paradise Remix ft. Fat Joe & Bun B

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Dorrough/Wiz Khalifa/Maino/Diddy/Bun B - Get Big [Remix]


Also featuring DJ Drama, Yo Gotti, Diamond & Shawty Lo, this is one monster of a remix! With a beat that’s full of lots of bass this is one posse cut you probably don’t want to miss out on.

Dorrough – Get Big (remix) ft. DJ Drama, Diddy, Yo Gotti, Bun B, Diamond, Shawty Lo, Wiz Khalifa & Maino

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Bun B/Drake - Miss Me (OG Mix)


Bun-B just dropped this on his Twitter, as a tribute to 2Pac (14th anniversary of his death today, how crazy is that!?). The original to this was one of those that I wasn’t really feeling very much but grew on me loads, so I’m delighted to hear this remix.

Edit: I’ve since read that this was actually the original version of Miss Me, that was supposed to be on Bun B’s album before he gave it up for Drake to do with Lil’ Wayne.

Bun B & Drake – Miss Me (OG Mix)

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GLC-Love, Life and Loyalty Tracklist


Some nice features on GLC’s upcoming debut album. Anyone else feel its 2 years too late?
1. The Big Knot
2. Clockin’ Lotsa Dollarz (feat. Sir Mix-A-Lot & Bun B)
3. Pour Another Drink (feat. John Legend)
4. Cold As Ice (feat. Twista)
5. MHCC (feat. Byrd Dre)
6. Flight School (feat. Kanye West & T-Pain)
7. So Real (feat. B.J. The Chicago Kid)
8. My 1st Model (feat. Christian Rich)
9. The Light
10. I Ain’t Even On Yet
11. Pull Me Back (feat. The Legendary Traxster)
12. Rosanne
13. This What It Is
14. I Did It
15. Tator Chip Pays

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Freddie Gibbs/Bun B – Oil Money [Video]

Plus a few other artists that I couldn’t fit into the title. Off that Str8 Killa EP, this is a track I was loving when it leaked and still loving now – so I’m delighted that they’ve made a video for it!

Audio <——- go get it, (if you missed it the first time numpty).

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Sean Garrett, Bun B and Yo Gotti-Summer Love Video

In a rush, so here’s one to warm you up for what should be a stellar episode of R&B Fridays.

Audio can be accquired 10 R&B Fridays ago.

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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

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Bun B and T-Pain-Trillionaire Video

It’s funny this dropped today, as I was thinking this morning (yes, I was awake in the morning!!) of how T-Pain used to be absolutely massive, in terms of anything he touched was a hit. It’s fair to say that since those heady 07/08 days his music has become a little more, well, musical I suppose and hence his mainstream appeal has dropped off a tad.

Anywho, enjoy the visuals and be sure to collect the audio from here.

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Bun B Bonus Bank


How’s the title for awesome alliteration huh?

Got some bonus tracks here from Mr. 5 Mic’s critically acclaimed, Trill O.G.

The first, The Pope, is a heavy, typically Southern-inspired joint with Bun spitting some tales from the streets. I like this one and it’s a shame it didn’t make the cut. The second, produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, is much lighter, almost spacey and I don’t really think suits B’s style.

Bun B – The Pope

Bun B – Don’t Go

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Bun B & DJ Premier - Let 'Em Know [Live]

Mr 5 Mics joints Premo on stage at Funkmaster Flex’s birthday bash to perform their classic (yeah I said it) Let ‘Em Know joint from B’s Trill O.G.

Audio here. Studio video here.

#RIPGuru

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Young Jeezy and Bun B-BMF Freestyles


The Jeezy freestyle is causing a real stir around them internets. I tried to post it last night, but was struggling to get my laptop to co-operate, so forgive me on the delay. There’s talk that Jeezy is throwing subliminals at Rick Ross on this, which is probably likely given the recent Blowin’ Money Fast controversy. However the lines are really subliminal on this one, which is a bit disappointing given Jeezy’s usual in-your-face style.

Bun’s freestyle is decent, including celebratory lines about his recent 5 Mics accreditation by The Source for his Trill OG album. Both worth checking out for different reasons, although I do feel this beat is massively overrated.

Young Jeezy-Death Before Dishonor (BMF Freestyle)

Bun B-BMF Freestyle

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J. Cole-Bun B For President


An apt tribute to Bun, given the recent critical acclaim for his latest album, although it’s never a bad time to pay tribute to one of hip-hop’s true legends. It’s a pretty short track, but always good to get some new J. Cole bars and these don’t let down as usual. Pretty chill, Dilla-esque beat on this one too that deserves some appreciation.

J. Cole-Bun B For President

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