We’re certainly no strangers to rap beefs and diss records. In fact, there’s really never a shortage of them. But, unlike the content generating, globally realized, and media blitzing of the Drake/Meek Mill beef from a month back, this Vic Spencer/Mick Jenkins beef is kinda lame. I mean, it all started with yet another Twitter spat. Cool. (Apparently Vic had some choice words for a Chicago venue, The East Room, and Mic took issue with that.) Now, these talented Chi-Town emcees are embroiled in a beef. But I can’t say I’m all that impressed with this “Dick Jerkins” track. While Vic certainly has bars for days, the constant beat switch-ups here (along with the cringe-inducing song title) just doesn’t cut it in the end. No response from Mic Jenkins just yet. However, we’re not entirely sure that’ll even be necessary. In the meantime, peep Vic Spencer’s “Dick Jerkins” diss record after the jump.

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Remember DOOMStarks? Or, MF Doom and Ghostface Killah’s long-gestating, infinitely-delayed collaborative project? Me either. But guess what, evildoers? They’re back with “Lively Hood,” a track that finds the two rap heavyweights going bar-for-bar over a plucky vintage beat. It’s a neat lil’ track, which judging from the sound of it — as well as both Doom and Killah’s flow) — is a throwback from years back; when the two first announced their collaborative project Swift and Changeable. It’s also worth noting that “Lively Hood” is part of [adult swim]’s singles series, which has given us everything from Danny Brown & Clams Casino to Shabazz Palaces so far this year. Go ahead, press play after the jump. You know you want to…

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KXNG Crooked is joined by Aftermath Entertainment’s very onw DJ Silk for “If I Was Dre” to help craft a loving ode to Dr. Dre, who recently released his purported final album, Compton. Chris Noxx, of the group Tha Piecemakerz, is also partly responsible with helping craft “If I Was Dre” with KXNG Crooked and DJ Silk. Check out the tribute to the world’s greatest rap entrepreneur and near-billionaire, Dr. Dre after the jump.
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Lil Donald, the rapper responsible for “Juice,” is back with a mixtape. It’s called Freeband Loyal and it’s out on Future’s FBG imprint. This is a song off the album, it features Future and Yung Booke. Future lays down a sweet hook and there are some decent verses. Enjoy after the jump.

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Ty Dolla $ign will finally be dropping his debut album, Free THC. Unfortunately, however, it may be little too late for the West Coast artist. Music just isn’t in the market for Ty right now — the streets are being flooded with heat. But he’s still churning out tunes for his fans and here he has “When I See Ya” featuring another big time hitmaker, Fetty Wap. Check out “When I See Ya” after the jump, and pre-order Free THC on iTunes now.

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Prodigy, of (the infamous) Mobb Deep, is joined by Infamous Mobb for this rare freestyle session. Conveniently, the two go over fellow Queensbridge native Nas’ “Life’s a Bitch” instrumental off of his iconic debut album, Illmatic. Check out the freestyle from Prodigy and Infamous Mobb after the jump.

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Over the last few weeks T.I. has been hinting at the release of a new project with the hashtag 9/11. And today is the day. T.I., or Tip in this case, is back. He’s dropped a new project in Da Nic EP and is also sharing a track off it in “Peanut Butter & Jelly” featuring Young Thug and Young Dro. The track is also produced by frequent Thug collaborator, London on da Track. Listen to “Peanut Butter & Jelly” after the jump.

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Jay Rock’s sophomore album, 90059, will be dropping shortly. Finally, right? Seems like we’ve been waiting for this since he had that memorable verse on “Money Trees” back in 2012. But no worries, fam, as the most anticipated track on the album, “Vice City,” is out now. It features the entire Black Hippy collective — Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q are all in the mix — going in on Cardo’s roomy beat. “Vice City” is, however, missing a Tommy Vercetti sample somewhere. I personally find Rock and Lamar’s exaggerated deliveries and outrageous flows to be the best moments on the track, with Lamar in particular going HAM. (He throws off some crazy lines like “10th grade, I gave her all shade, but now she got some ass, I wanna hit it now” and “I just bought a new coat, I just might go broke, I can’t stand myself”.) Don’t sweat, Soul and Q also go bar-for-bar, too. Want to hear it? Check out this 90059 banger from the Black Hippy collective after the jump, and don’t you sleep on the new Jay Rock album either — cop it over at iTunes immediately. Support rap music!

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Yesterday we shared the news that Big Boi of OutKast will be joining Phantogram, a duo he discovered via a pop-up ad. The trio, known simply as Big Grams, will be dropping an EP on September 25th via Epic. It’ll feature Run the Jewels and Skrillex. And today they’re sharing “Fell in the Sun,” the first teaser from the project. It’s a fine number; there’s a funky backdrop with thick drums, and Big Boi rapping like Pimp C, kinda. The hook, sung by Sarah Barthel of Phantogram, is serviceable, but is ultimately missing a lil’ something extra to put it over for a win. Overall, this is a decent first showing from Big Grams. But, we’re all patiently waiting the arrival of the Run the Jewels cut, which should happen any day now. Peep “Fell in the Sun” after the jump.

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Tinashe’s got a new album on the way later this year, it’s called Joyride. After dropping last year’s Aquarius, her debut album, she’s coming out with new music already. And today she’s sharing “Party Favor,” which is set to appear on Joyride. It features Young Thug, who just killed his feature on Travi$ Scott’s Rodeo, and is produced by Boi-1da. (The Thug song in question, “Maria I’m Drunk” also features Justin Bieber. It’s lit.) Check out Tinashe’s “Party Favors” after the jump.

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DJ E-Feezy has a new mixtape out, it’s called The Wolf of South Beach, and it’s got some huge guest spots. One of those noteworthy guests is Lil Wayne. Remember him? Well, he’s on a track called “What You Sayin,” which is pretty cool. Wayne does his thing and it’s far from abysmal. The beat also thumps so if you’re into those sorts of things go ahead and press play. Check it out after the jump and head over to LiveMixtapes to cop DJ E-Feezy’s latest tape.

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By now you know that Jeezy is slated to drop a new project later this year. The yet-to-be-titled project will officially drop on November 13th and Jeezy’s keeping fans afloat with new heat. First there was the single, “GOD,” which was later remixed by arch nemesis and Trap God, Gucci Mane. And today Jeezy is looking to continue that streak of solid new material with “Pastor Young’s Letter,” a sermon of sorts over Zaytoven’s impressive piano-laden instrumental. (It’s worth noting that Zay also regularly plays the organ for his local church.) In case you were wondering where Jeezy would be heading with this forthcoming project, he delivers a spoken word here. Although it may be difficult to sit through and perhaps you’ll never listen to this track ever again, it’s worth giving a spin to get a good idea of Jeezy’s current headspace. After the jump.

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Bona fide weed enthusiasts Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg, believe it or not, also love Instragram. Just like you. Crazy, right? Nah but seriously, Wiz has been on a roll lately (dude’s pretty much set for life with that Furious 7 song “See You Again”) and good looks for that. (Seriously, that song is huge.) But while I’m sure bro’s heart is in the rap game, he hasn’t pulled a quality project out of his bag of tricks (weed) in a minute. But give him a chance on “No Social Media” because at least uncle Snoop is in mix. And this isn’t quite “Trap Wiz” levels of cringe, either. After the jump!

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Harlem’s Rob Cash teams up with Vado, Maino, Uncle Murda and Raekwon — who are all from New York, of course — for “Welcome to New York,” a track about New York. Duh. Check it out, it’s loaded with references to New York and there’s a lot of rapping too. Raekwon’s been kinda off his game lately, what with the uneven as hell F.I.L.A., but he’s been redeeming himself lately, and he’s particularly good here. Check out Rob Cash’s “Welcome to New York” after the jump.

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Video: Tyga – “Rap $tar”

 |  September 8, 2015


Only posting to ask this question: Is Tyga the worst rapper of all-time? I mean that, in like, a nutshell. While he’s certainly not the worst at rapping or putting together lyrics, he is perhaps the worst, most vilified individual existing within the parameters of rap music. And even then he barely has anything worthwhile to contribute as a rapper. (Shut up, “Hookah” was a Young Thug track and you know it.) In fact, he accomplishes the bare minimum of what it means to be a rapper. Anyway, here’s a video for some song called “Rap $tar,” which you may or may not wanna listen to. I don’t even know — you decide for yourselves. After the jump…

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