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VIDEO: Beats, Rhymes & Fights: The History of A Tribe Called Quest

UPDATE, again: Let’s see how long the vid lasts this time…

UPDATE: The vid was here, I swear, but was removed. Will post as soon as (if?) it returns. Rap Radar with the save.

Since A Tribe Called Quest is  arguably easily one of Hip-Hop’s most influential groups,  Beats, Rhymes and Fights is a must see. By the trailer it looks like it’s not going to a sugarcoated affair either. Native Tongue devotee rejoice. Put together by NYC native and actor Micheal Rapaport aka Remy from Higher Learning and whatever his name was in Zebrahead. [Props to Potholes In My Blog via Nah Right]

November 30, 2010 Posted by | Films, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

DOWNLOAD: Roc Marciano, X.O. and Tranquil “Helpless Dreamer”

The Mello Music Group, which features acts like Oddisee and Georgia Ann Muldrow, is dropping a compilation called Helpless Dreamer. The title track features the production of Apollo Brown and most importantly—no disrespect, at all, son got beats and rhymes—features Roc Marciano. Rappers X.O. (Diamond District) and Tranquil also drop verses and don’t slouch. Win.

Download “Helpless Dreamer” (Mediafire), but surely they want you to cop it here, too.


Roc Marciano – Scarface Nigga [Rappers I Know]

November 30, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , | 2 Comments

VIDEO: Killer Mike feat. T.I. “Ready Set Go”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Killer Kill from Adamsville (that would be Mike Bigga Killer Mike) teams up with Clifford. How could you not like this?


Killer Mike f/ Big Boi “My Chrome” (VIDEO)

November 30, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Happy Birthday Bruce Lee

The mighty Bruce Lee would have been 70 years old today (November 27). Which makes it as good a time as any to say that Enter the Dragon is one of the greatest martial arts films ever. The soundtrack, courtesy of the esteemed Lalo Schifrin, is nothing to sneeze at, too. Respect.

November 27, 2010 Posted by | Films, Freshness, Hip-Hop, News | , , , | 1 Comment

VIDEO: Malice (The Clipse) – Excerpt #2 & #3

Malice’s vlogs are profound. Jay-Z’s Decoded is getting a lot of duly deserved accolades, but Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind, and Naked, whenever it drops, looks to be a worthy read, too. Excerpt #2, detailing a run in with a repo man, depreciating car values and bad credit, above. Excerpt #3, a primer on the “furnace of affliction,” below.

November 18, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Drake x GQ Man of the Year Cover

Say what you will, Drake is winning. Toronto’s own—along with Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Colbert, James Franco and Jeff Bridges aka “The Dude”—is one of GQ Magazine’s Man of the Year cover subjects, filed under “Breakout of the Year.”

Bun B’s video for “Put It Down,” featuring Drake, below.


J. Cole Talks Drake Collab & Jay Electronica [2DopeBoyz]

Drake Requests DJ Premier for Sophomore Album [HipHopDX]

Rihanna Feat. Drake – “What’s My Name” Video [The Smoking Section]

November 16, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Jay Electronica vs. Pete Rock & CL Smooth

Jay Electronica pretty much sonned Diddy earlier today, then throws more salt in the wound by dropping a cut called “The Shiny Suit Theory” featuring Jay-Z and Charlotte Gainsbourg The-Dream. [Spotted at You Heard That New] | Mediafire

Call me vintage but I prefer Pete Rock’s speedier take on the flip of the sample—”Ain’t Got the Love (Of the One Girl on My Mind)” by Philly Soul group The Ambassadors—for his and CL Smooth’s “I Got A Love” from 1994’s The Main Ingredient.

November 15, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

RIP Ol’ Dirty Bastard (11/15/68 – 11/13/04)

UPDATED: New video for Raekwon’s ODB dedication, “Ason Jones” from Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II, below.

Hard Times [Vibe Magazine, April 2006]

Ol’ Dirty Bastard: Rather Unique [AllHipHop, 2006]

Ol’ Dirty Bastard Died From Drug Overdose [MTV]

November 13, 2010 Posted by | Aqua's Clips, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DOWNLOAD: Ghostface Killah “Together Baby”

The legendary Ghost Deini drops the first single, “Together Baby,” from his new album, The Apollo Kids, due in stores December 14. The sample is from “Together” by Philly Soul icons the Intruders. Yeah, my sample recognition game is supreme.

Can Tony Starks get some better album promotion, though?

DOWNLOAD: Ghostface Killah “Together Baby” (Mediafire) [Hat tip to Nah Right]

November 8, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bury Me With the ‘Lo On: Polo RL01 Bear Sweater

Put the word out that I was in pursuit of a bear knit and my brother from another Vaughn C aka Mr. Caldon, a certified Polo lifestyle delegate, made it happen. An official piece for the collection.

Am I the only one that feels a ways Ralph Lauren currently only makes Bear sweaters in boy and girl sizes?

Vado x Young Dro = No’Lo [via Dallas Penn]

The ‘Lo Lifestyle x Vintage Hip-Hop Videos

Lo-Lifes [via Hypebeast]

Ralph Lauren And Dipset: A Love Affair [via Sartorially Inclined]

November 5, 2010 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Random | , , , , | 2 Comments