Nottz-Turn It Up ft. Pete Rock (Video)

So, if you’re going to put two fantastic producers like this together, you’re pretty much going to get a monopoly on my attention. Both are revered for their beat work, but the two come together here in a performance capacity, lacing verses on a classic-style production that will certainly win the hip-hop heads over.

It’s a beat that’s wonderfully simple, combining a strong midtempo percussion with an unashamedly repeated melody on top, giving the production a structure and consistency that allows the MCs to exhibit some flexibility in their raps, whilst also allowing room for a couple of rogue samples and scratches to be sporadically thrown in on top. Rock opens with a laidback contribution, including a nice nod to his timeless T.R.O.Y. production, before Nottz arrives with a little more intensity in his verse, making for a good blend of styles between the two.

The clip’s shot with a distorted, scrapbook-style effect that adds a throwback quality and sense of reflectiveness, whilst also being unfussy enough to give it a ‘no-nonsense’ vintage hip-hop vibe. Only a short one, but very likeable and you’ll find it on Nottz’s In My Mind EP.

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Kardinal Offishall - Kill Shot [Video]

Visuals from Kardinal’s Kill Shot here, the latest drop from his and Nottz’ collaborative album A.M.T.R.I.M. (Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself). 

I’m feeling this track but something about it isn’t quite right. I mean, it’s just too aggressive for a track which essentially is chastising the use of guns. The visuals are grimy and at times I feel like Kardinal is almost glamorising the use of carrying heat.

As a musical piece, it’s nice. Nottz brings his disjointed production to great effect, somehow managing to bookend a couple of Steve Carell samples in there too.

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Royce Da 5'9" ft. Adonis-On The Boulevard (Prod. Nottz)

From something a little disappointing to something somewhat serendipitous. By this I mean I must admit I wasn’t really too sure which Royce we would get on his upcoming LP Success Is Certain. Earmarked as a loose follow up to the superb Death Is Certain I’m pleased to announce this track sounds as if it could have in fact been lifted from Royce’s darkest yet finest hour.

Nottz builds an introspective and powerful instrumental for Adonis and Royce to lay their respective verses and perhaps more importantly for Royce to remind his fans (and introduce to some of his newer ones) that there’s a bit more about him than his Bad Meets Evil treble-time flows. August 9th is the date and the lack of promotion on this speaks volumes about dropping on an independent label in stark comparison to the megabucks Interscope ploughed into Hell: The Sequel.

Royce Da 5’9″ ft. Adonis-On The Boulevard (Prod. Nottz)

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Asher Roth and Quan-Summertime

In celebration of the #firstdayofsummer here is “Summertime”, produced by Nottz.

Always nice to get some new material from Asher, and he drops off a laidback effort that’s most definitely made for a lazy summer’s day. Nottz serves up a solid production with light melodies and an easygoing, slow paced percussion line, making for a very gentle and relaxing listen. Nothing spectacular, but certainly fit for its purpose of playing foil to Asher’s naturally mellow flow, which he packs with some nice summer references and much like the beat, doesn’t get overcomplicated and instead synergises smoothly with the production to enhance the overall vibe. The simple, catchy hook rounds things off nicely, adding the finishing touch to a quick, easy listen that will likely rack up a few plays on your playlists. Also, where has Quan popped up from?!

Asher Roth-Summertime ft. Quan

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Asher Roth and Nottz Raw-Enforce The Law Video

The track itself is/was one of the more enjoyable head-nodders to emerge late last year, and its fair to say that the vibe of the track didn’t create any expectations for a mini-movie style video. Looks like you’re in for the same pleasant surprise I recieved, as this is a very well produced video that throws an interesting plot in over the superb audio.

Lots of interesting highlights to pick out, as the video veers between light humour (the Top 40 Mix CD for example) to grittier, more ‘underground’ style scenes with guns and drugs making various appearances. I won’t ruin the actual plot of the video for you as it’s really worth a watch, and will certainly get you replaying that audio once again.

If you’ve not grabbed it already, grab this track and a few others on the free Rawth EP.

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Asher Roth and D.A.-Gotta Get Up Video

Can’t complain about this, especially as it’s rare and always enjoyable getting new Asher visuals. Taken from the impressive Rawth EP with Nottz, this track is a summery, jaunty effort that’s very easy to listen to.

Biggest appeal here is definitely the cinematography style, which seems to brush the real-life scenes with a comic, colour-heavy style that gives this a fun yet artistic feel. Really unique style and it makes this video feel very well-made, as well as adding a little diversity to this relatively literal video.

Lots of humour as you’d expect too, with Asher’s creepy, mesmerising bowling alley dance being especially funny. One of those videos you’ll undoubtedly watch a few times and find some more hilarious little additions, and it fits the jovial, upbeat nature of the audio very well. The EP can be grabbed for free from here, or the individual track here.

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Game-Purp and Patron, Disc 1 and 2

Much anticipated mixtape from Game, one that’s been talked about all day today. Really looking forward to this, especially as a few tracks leaked earlier that were of a very good standard. Check out the tracklist below, which contains some huge features and producers. You can preview and download (click the artwork) the mixtape in the widget here.
1. L.A. Times (Prod. By Ervin “EP” Pope)
2. In My ’64 Feat. Pharrell & Snoop Dogg (Prod. By The Neptunes)
3. Soo Woo Feat. Lil Wayne (Prod. By Bink)
4. Living Better Now Feat. Detail & Tools (Prod. By DJ shake)
5. R.I.P. Story (Prod. By Nottz)
6. Purp & Patron (Prod. By DJ Shake)
7. I’m The King (Remix) Feat. Mistah FAB & The Jacka (Prod. By 1500 Or Nothin)
8. Taylor Made Feat. Wiz Khalifa (Prod. By Che Vicious)
9. Childrens Story (Prod. By Ervin “EP” Pope)
10. Dead (Prod. By 1500 Or Nothin)
11. Ferrari Lifestyle Feat. Fabolous (Prod. By D.A.Dorman)
12. The Kill (Prod. By Cool N Dre)
13. Heart Breaker Feat. Rev Burke (Prod. By The RZA)
14. Purp & Yellow (Skeetox Remix) Feat. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
15. Burn NY Feat. Mysonne (Prod. By Mike City)
16. Bad Intentions (Prod. By DJ Shake)
17. Khaki Suit Feat. T-Pain (Prod. By T-Pain)
18 Wonderful World (Prod. By DJ Shake)
19. Ashes To Ashes Feat. Rick Ross
20. Dedicated Feat. Pharrell (Prod. By The Neptunes)
21. Soft Rhodes Feat. Ashanti (Prod. By Dr. Dre)
22. I Just Want To Fuck (Prod. By Denaun Porter)
23. 187 Feat. Lil Boosie
24. Whip It Feat. Fabolous (Prod. By DJ Haze)
25. Favorite DJ Remix Feat. Clinton Sparks & Jim Jones (Prod. By Green Lantern)
26. Supastar Feat. Ashley Cole & Mike Epps (Prod. By Ervin “EP” Pope)
27. Can A Drummer Get Some Feat. Travis Barker, Swizz Beatz, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross
28. History Feat. Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane & KRS One (Prod. By Ervin “EP” Pope)
29. The Ocean Feat. Dr. Dre (Prod. By Dr. Dre & Che Vicious)

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Slim The Mobster and Xzibit-Don’t Believe You

Very interesting. Despite being namechecked a very long time ago by Dr. Dre as someone he was working heavily with for Detox, it’s fair to say there doesn’t seem to be much material coming from Slim in light of that glowing endorsement/working relationship.

Hence, I’m sure this will interest many of you. Slim comes through with some decent rhymes for a relative newcomer, and certainly exhibits (no pun intended) a rapping style that will certainly suit Dre’s own flow. He’s not going to blow anyone’s mind lyrically, but a duo’s chemistry tends to be more important than individual ability, and it appears they’ve got along well enough for Dre to keep him around. Nottz serves up a great production here, with a clear structure, unfussy sound and powerful melodies driving the track along, whilst Xzibit tags along for a typically-aggressive hook. Decent all-rounder.

Slim The Mobster-Don’t Believe You ft. Xzibit

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Nottz Raw and Asher Roth-Rawth EP

As promised, Asher and Nottz deliver the Rawth EP right on time. I’ve been looking forward to this from the day they first released a collaborative track and as Murray said recently, their chemistry is undeniable.

Every track they’ve put out has been very listenable, and crucially has established Asher as a more rounded and versatile rapper than many gave him credit for: there’s no question that he’s taken to Nottz’s diverse, eclectic beats with consumate ease and I hope for more of the same. Same goes for Nottz, who has proven just why he’s regarded as one of the better producers in the hip-hop game, and I fully expect him to deliver with the tracks we haven’t heard yet. It’s got the ingredients to be on the of the year’s better projects.

Asher Roth and Nottz Raw-Rawth EP

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Asher Roth & Nottz-Gotta Get Up ft. D.A.

I really wanted to hate this. But the way it’s constructed I found it really hard to. Nottz and Roth have undeniable chemistry and it shows through here as Nottz lays a jovial, head-nodding instrumental whilst Roth spits his backpack lyrics which we are so used to.

From the duo’s RAWTH EP out 27th December and should make interesting listening for all involved in the genre.

Asher Roth & Nottz-Gotta Get Up ft. D.A.

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Nottz and Asher Roth-Break Bread

From what I’m told, there is finally a date for the hugely-anticipated EP from this duo: 27th December is the due date currently doing the rounds. Can’t wait for that EP as the drops/leaks so far have been really enjoyable, a theme that continues with this one.

There’s a youthful feel to the production, with a child choir sample and a playful chime comprising the primary melodies, combining with low-tempo drumwork to make for a mellow and relaxing beat. As with all of the tracks they’ve put together, the lyrical message of is easy to appreciate as they go through the drawbacks of fame and success, and true to form Nottz delivers the more aggressive style to contrast with Asher’s laidback flow. Another enjoyable slice of hip-hop.

Nottz and Asher Roth-Break Bread

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John Regan-Sorry I'm Late [Album]

This is the debut solo album release from 24-year old Baltimore born emcee John Regan. It features the likes of Marsha Ambrosius, Joell Ortiz, Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli (you can grab that collab here), Needlz, Nottz, 88-Keys, PackFM, Ill Bill, Juganot, Kidz in the Hall, Jaiden and more. Certainly an eye-catching lineup for an underground artist such as Regan, and gives you an idea that the album is going to be something worth taking note of.

I’ve only managed to give it a quick listen, but it certainly does impress and comes across as an album that you’d expect from a far more established artist, which is a credit to the talent Regan clearly has. The album describes his struggles at trying to make it in the hip-hop game, whilst having to balance a family life at the same time. It’s available for purchase on iTunes/Amazon now, but before you take the plunge, you can listen to the full album for free here (My favourite track has to be the superb All I Got To Give).

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Asher Roth and Nottz-Run It Back

3rd drop from their upcoming Rawth EP, and another one that the hip-hop heads will love. Very similar to Enforce the Law, this boasts a raw, pounding production that further displays Nottz’s qualities as one of the top producers in the game.

In doing so, it also enhances Asher’s burgeoning reputation as a very skilled rapper. His delivery feels as though it’s getting a lot more driven and intense, which is surely a result of taking on these underground-style beats. No question about Ash’s wordplay either, with his witty, intelligent style adapting comfortably to his ‘rougher’ flows, and increasing his versatility. 3 out of 3 on the EP for me, looking forward to the whole project!

Asher Roth and Nottz-Run It Back

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Asher Roth and Nottz-Dontcha Wanna Be Video

The happy, positive vibes that coarsed through the veins of the audio are on full display here in the video for this great track.

No sign of Colin Munroe, but Asher and Nottz look to be having lots of fun throughout, adding some simple imagery to their personal yet upbeat raps. One of those videos that’ll brighten your day for sure: Asher’s robot at the end is pretty funny.

Audio is grabbable (new word?) here.

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Nottz-The Cycle ft. Joell Ortiz

“As the October 26th release date for Nottz’ debut release, You Need This Music, nears, a steady stream of music continues to be released from the album to hold fans over until its arrival. Following Nottz’ most recent single with Asher Roth and Colin Munroe, for which fans can expect a video to drop sooner rather than later, Nottz’ latest single, “The Cycle” features a guest verse from Brooklyn’s finest, Joell Ortiz. Soulful piano chops atop Nottz’ signature drums and bass set the mood for the story-telling track, with Nottz and Joell trading verses on the trials and tribulations of the revolving cycle of America’s prison system and those caught up in it.”

Nottz – The Cycle ft. Joell Ortiz

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Asher Roth and Nottz-Dontcha Wanna Be (with Colin Munroe)

Nice! Loved the first track from this upcoming EP, and before I’d even listened to this one I loved it. Why? The following mathematically-proven, ancient equation: Asher’s raps + Nottz beat + Colin’s vocals = Winner.

Once again, another superb production is thrown up, this time being a really happy, positively tinged one as opposed to the (equally good) heavy hip-hop stylings of their previous track. As ever, this upbeat style works in Asher’s favour as it helps project his personality much more, whilst Nottz once again surprises with his proficiency on the mic. Great hook from Colin Munroe makes this a fully enjoyable track from top-to-bottom.

Oddly, I’m not sure who to credit this to as I’m sure its from their upcoming collabo album but was sent to me as an individual track from Nottz’s upcoming solo album. Either way, grab it below.

Nottz Raw & Asher Roth-Dontcha Wanna Be (My Neighbor) ft. Colin Munroe

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Asher Roth and Nottz Raw-Enforce The Law

It’s no secret that Nottz is one of the better producers in the hip-hop game today, so it’s with great pleasure that I (belatedly) bring you the first track from the upcoming free EP from himself and Asher Roth.

A great track to kick things off with, with the production being a raw, gritty beat that clearly has its roots in the old-school style and helps to dispel some misconceptions about Asher’s rapping: he takes this beat on superbly, delivering a nicely-paced and fitting verse with some great lines. I’d never heard Nottz rap before this and he does a decent job too, bringing a more aggressive, Royce Da 5’9″-esque style to the track. Hip-hop heads should definitely be checking for this one.

Nottz Raw and Asher Roth-Enforce The Law

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Keeping It Simple

I’m too tired for full reviews/individual posts right now.

Charles Hamilton-Normalcy
-New mixtape from Charles. I heard Air Agains from this recently, and that sh*t goes hard! Looking forward to listening to it all.

Susan Boyle-I Dreamed A Dream (Nottz Remix)
-Lol. Get it, because the idea of Susan Boyle and Nottz is too ridiculous not to.

Royce Da 5’9″-Pick Ma Balls Up
-Royce freestyle destruction over Em/Wayne’s Drop The World. It isn’t actually the official instrumental, it’s a remade version, but you get the idea. This is friggin’ great though tbh. I’m enjoying his Invented Sex reference too.

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Underground Hip-Hop Part 7

A clearout of the inbox and BOOM: It throws up another UGHH for the hip-hop heads to enjoy.

This one is (mostly) full of artists who haven’t been featured on the site before, so amidst all the mainstream music that’s been up recently, we’ve gone so underground that you’re gonna need some sort of torch.

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