Reef The Lost Cauze-Reef The Lost Cauze Is Dead (Mixtape)

Before meeting Reef at OTU’s debut live gig last December, I hadn’t really listened to much of his music. It wasn’t because I deliberately ignored it, but frankly it was a branch of hip-hop that my cohorts Murray and Chris had covered, and hence I hadn’t really immersed myself in it. After meeting him and watching him perform however (and finding him to be one of the most humble, likeable people in hip-hop history), that changed and I’ve enjoyed the sporadic bursts of material he’s let fly in the year since.

This tape’s got 16 tracks of new material, and the brief listen I gave it suggests that hip-hop fans who had once done the same as me and overlooked the talented MC should do so no longer, with a collection of enjoyable and stylistically varied beats supporting Reef’s unquestionable gift as a rapper. 16 free tracks from one of the underground’s finest is rarely an offer you should pass up, and the stream and grab are available below.

Reef The Lost Cauze-Reef The Lost Cauze Is Dead

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Snowgoons-The Legacy ft. Esoteric, Ill Bill, Reks, Reef The Lost Cauze & more

Another drop from the Snowgoons’ Dynasty album, and although it’s not a proper video, it does contain the audio and that’s the main thing!

Expect classic ‘Goons’ production here with a huge and impressive group of features. Continuing in the same vein as the previous leaks, The Legacy showcases the long list of contacts that Snowgoons can call on upon for a favour, and it results in another hard-hitting track that has me looking forward to their most ambitious effort yet.

Featuring: Esoteric, Ill Bill, Godilla, Fredro Starr (of Onyx), Sicknature, Punchline,
Reks, Thirstin Howl the 3rd, Planetary (of Outerspace), Virtuoso, Maylay Sparks, Swann, Sav Killz, M-Dot & Reef The Lost Cauze

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Reef the Lost Cauze – The Prey

Reef gives us some heartfelt bars on the subject of the fallen 17 year old Trayvon Martin who was fatally shot a few days back.

It’s always difficult to write on topics such as this, but it goes without saying that our thoughts at OTU go out to Trayvon’s friends and family across the pond.

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Reef The Lost Cauze and Snowgoons-Black Opz Video

As most of our beloved following will know by now, the OTU Live team has been working endlessly behind the scenes to bring the UK the scintillating lineup of Reef The Lost Cauze, Slaine and Snowgoons’ DJ Illegal. Now it’s my turn to step up to the plate and drop some knowledge in support of OTU’s monumental movements. Escucha y aprende.

Starting this off, here’s visuals from Reef and Snowgoons’ recent LP collaboration Your Favorite MC (iTunes). On the audio side of things, the German production powerhouse bring super-charged violin chords to create that dramatic sense of purpose whilst Reef pumps us with the cold similarities between the streets and the various war’s the world finds itself embroiled in. Like this? You’ll love the album.

Reef The Lost Cauze and Snowgoons-Black Opz

Reef The Lost Cauze, Slaine & DJ Illegal at the Vibe Bar London, Thursday 8th December

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OTU Live Presents: Slaine, Reef The Lost Cauze & DJ Illegal (With Support From Stig Of The Dump, DJ Snuff & Caxton Press) @ Vibe Bar-Thursday 8th December

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Some exciting news for you all: Boston native Slaine headlines this OTU Live show with his début solo performance in the UK. Slaine became internationally acclaimed for his work as a member of the La Coka Nostra collection, and having managed to hold his own alongside veterans Everlast and ILL Bill, Slaine earned himself a solid fan base and his talent grew exponentially under the limelight. After taking timeout to secure his position as the premier ‘Boston tough guy’ in movies, starring in Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Slaine returned to music in 2011 by releasing the long-awaited A World With No Skies 2.0, and more recently the universally-praised State Of Grace mixtape with Statik Selektah.

Representing Philadelphia supergroup Army of the Pharaohs is Reef the Lost Cauze, who like Slaine will be joined live onstage by DJ Illegal- one half of Europe’s most talented production team, Snowgoons. With Reef and Snowgoons having recently teamed up to produce one of the 2011’s most anticipated albums in Your Favourite MC, this event will give UK fans the chance to see the masterpiece performed live, alongside the biggest tracks from Reef, Army Of The Pharaohs, and the Snowgoons’ considerable and critically-adored back catalogues.

In a night of diverse collaborations, the support acts will be representative of London’s own musical diversity. Multi-talented and viewed as one of London’s best event hosts, Stig of the Dump will be gracing the stage with his trademark brand of humour, and a selection of his most exciting songs. In charge of the records for the night is DJ Snuff, a veteran of the hip-hop scene, who will also be unveiling his new collective: Caxton Press.

Tickets are available RIGHT NOW. The whole OTU team will be there, don’t miss your chance to be too and purchase your tickets by clicking here.

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Reks-In Between The Lines 2 [Mixtape]

Been waiting on this for ages. Reks, one of the hardest-working, most gifted emcees in the underground scene right now, drops us for free his latest mixtape in preparation for his upcoming Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme album. Reks teams up with DJ Green Lantern, DJ Ill Will and frequent collaborator Statik Selektah to bring us this release, and boasts features from La Coka Nostra’s Slaine, OTU favourites Reef The Lost Cauze, Termanology, Sha Stimuli and many more.

I’m still checking this out but Reks goes in on this and there are some absolute bangers to accompany his razor-sharp lyricism.

Reks-In Between The Lines 2 Mixtape

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Reks, Sha Stimuli & Reef The Lost Cauze-Get Rowdy

OMG. Add Rugged Man to this collaboration and you literally have my favourite underground lineup.

Quite often I find with Reks that his lyricism is streets ahead of his beat selection, but this is spot on. The beat has strong similarities to the rolling baseline that Premo used on Nas’ NY State Of Mind and is adequately heavy to keep the powerful delivery of Reks and Reef in check. It’s unusual to hear Stimuli over such a hard hitting baseline, but not for one second does he let it pass him by, switching up his flow whilst the instrumental drops in and out. Not that I condone drug abuse or anything, but you’d be a fool to miss out on this pure hip-hop ecstasy.

From Reks’ In Between The Lines 2 Mixtape which you can download for FREE November 23rd.

Reks-Get Rowdy ft. Sha Stimuli & Reef The Lost Cauze
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Blaq Poet, Sha Stimuli and Reef The Lost Cauze-Movie Villains 2

This is purely for the real hip-hop heads out there. I’ve been somewhat disconnected from you for a short while, will you take me back?

Three underground heavy hitters get together for a great collabo, that boasts a top production to accompany the undoubted lyrical skills of these guys-it’s a production worthy of the title, as it feels like a soundscape stolen straight from a slasher movie. I’ve been loving Sha’s work in recent months (Bucket List is ridiculous) but Reef takes the win for me, with his razor-sharp flows just edging Sha’s wordplay here.

Blaq Poet-Movie Villains 2 ft. Sha Stimuli and Reef the Lost Cauze

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Underground Hip-Hop Part 12

Welcome to the new UGHH. These will now be collaborative posts between Ajay and Murray, which ensures a really wide range of underground hip-hop will be available in every instalment.

You’ll find all kinds of stuff below, from the lyrical hip-hop head satisfiers to tracks ready-made for a mainstream audience. Click on and get grabbing.

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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

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Reef The Lost Cauze on 'Indie Hip Hop Cribs'

How humbling is this?!

Army Of The Pharaohs’ rapper and OTU favourite, Reef The Lost Cauze, gives us a tour of his crib. Top guy, top MC.

Unfamiliar with Reef? Catch up on one of the undergrounds’ most prominent MC’s.

Follow Reef on twitter and help that man buy a new bed by buying his (excellent) album here!

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Quest Tha Young'n / Reks / Reef The Lost Cauze / Ghetto

Quest is so underground that, as you might tell, I struggled for a picture here.

This is from Quest’s album Quest For Greatness which can be obtained now. Some of my favourite underground MC’s (Reks & Reef) on this one and I was pleased to see them bringing the heat as I expected.

Quest Tha Young’n (feat Reks, Reef The Lost Cauze & Ghetto) – On Lock

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Quick Blast: Reef The Lost Cauze / Rugged Man / G Rap

Fair to say I was pretty excited when this dropped yesterday evening. Fresh from Reef’s upcoming album Fight Music we find two of the best underground MC’s flexing lyrical wax alongside arguably the best MC ever.

Put it this way: if you like hip-hop then you would be very stupid to miss out on this.

Reef The Lost Cauze (feat Kool G Rap & R.A. The Rugged Man) – Three Greats

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Underground Throwback: Reef The Lost Cauze

I was going to share this track only with Indi but then I realised that the whole of OTU needed to wake up to Reef The Lost Cauze.

As you might tell I’m a massive advocate of the underground MC from Philadelphia. Reef is a regular member of the Army Of The Pharaohs and frequent collaborator with German production powerhouse Snowgoons. His 3rd album, Feast or Famine released in 2005 is an underground classic and sees Reef fully mature from a boy to a man.

Eyes Of My Father is, to put it in Reef’s words, “some introspective sh*t” in which Reef chastises his relationship with his father over a heart-tugging backdrop. No doubt most of you will sleep on Reef and ignore this, but those who take the five seconds to click through will really appreciate this.

Reef The Lost Cauze – Eyes Of My Father

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