“Sophisticated Thoughts,” “Simple Minds,” “Disney Kids.” Those are just a few cuts Queens rapper Julian Stephen has delivered as of late. And we here at iHipHop believe if you haven’t yet gotten yourself acquainted with him click on those hyperlinks and do so! Because 2015 is looking to be Julian Stephens’ year to prove his worth to the industry as he drops off the visuals for “Get It Together,” a short but somber effort akin to Chicago’s psychedelic superstar Chance The Rapper. With “Get It Together” Julian showcases his witty yet positive lyricism all with his head firmly on his shoulders. If your New Year’s resolution is to be a better person but can’t seem to find any positive reinforcement then Julian is here for ya. Check out Julian Stephen’s “Get It Together” after the jump!

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If you haven’t been paying attention to Queens, New York spitter Julian Stephen then you’re doing yourself a serious disservice. Julian capped off 2014 with some dope cuts like the on-max-chill “Sophisticated Thoughts” and the follow-up “Simple Minds” which found Julian rapping over Nas’ “Nas Is Like” instrumental. But on his first offering of 2015, Julian Stephen goes a little harder. “Disney Kids” has Julian going in, freestyling over a tough and atmospheric beat. “Disney Kids” is the perfect middle ground for those looking for someone to sit comfortably between the popiness of Drake and the raw, emotional intensity of J. Cole. Listen to Julian Stephen’s “Disney Kids” after the jump.

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The wait is finally coming to an end as Joey Bada$$’ much anticipated debut album B4.DA.$$ is set to drop Tuesday (January 20th) and Joey has already shared a few tracks from the album in “No. 99″ and “On and On.” Now he’s sharing one with fellow New Yorker (who also has an album on the way) Action Bronson. In addition to having a superstar feature in Bronson “Run Up on Ya” features production from the always great Statik Selektah. Listen to “Run Up on Ya” after the jump.

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Action Bronson’s forthcoming debut album Mr. Wonderful officially drops March 24th and after sharing its tracklist as well as the features/production credits he is now dropping “Actin’ Crazy,” a track produced by Drake’s frequent collaborator Noah “40” Shebib. Listen to Bronson’s “Actin’ Crazy” after the jump.

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Last week Nas surprised everyone when he dropped “The Season”, his long-delayed collaboration with legendary Detroit producer J Dilla. On “The Season” Nas raps over Dilla’s smooth “Gobstopper” beat from his 2006 instrumental album Donuts. If nobody was expecting that to happen, then surely nobody was even remotely thinking about AZ, Nas’ longtime and frequent rhyme partner, and also a member of hip-hop group The Firm (which Nasty Nas was also part of), to remix the track. Listen to AZ’ remix of Nas’ (and Jay Dee’s) “The Season” after the jump.

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Happy 37th birthday, Alchemist! The West Coast producer is celebrating his birthday by gifting you with some unreleased music; what a guy! For his 37th Al has uploaded a previously unreleased track he had stashed away in the vault. That track is “Biology” by Queens legends Mobb Deep. Listen after the jump.

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As part of the Munchies ongoing “Fu*k, That’s Delicious” series, Action Bronson returns with his aunt to teach the viewers at home how to make Albanian pastries. These pastries, known as börek, are typically stuffed with meat and onions. Don’t know how to make them? Don’t fret, Mr. Wonderful will happily show you. Watch the video after the jump to learn from Bronsolino himself.

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Action Bronson going over The Alchemist’s production is always a win for the hip-hop community. As you may recall, the two have worked together before, notably on the excellent Rare Chandeliers mixtape from a few years back. The MC/producer tandem has returned and this time they’ve brought the Neon Icon himself, Riff Raff into the fold. Check out the new track “Blue Jays” after the jump.

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CNN recently crowned Nas the greatest lyricist of all time. Who knows why CNN decided to throw their hat in that ring? Maybe Anderson Cooper is dating a fan of Nas. Maybe Ted Turner misses having Nas as a tennis buddy in Atlanta and is hoping that flattery will be as persuasive as Kelis’ milkshake to get him back. The most likely reason is that Nas’ lyrics just sound more like the news than anyone else’s. If you enjoy listening to a sociology class lecture, and equally enjoy weaker beat selections, then Nas is the rapper for you. Read More

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Since releasing University of Julian 2 last year, Queens rapper Julian Stephen has been hard at work on his latest project, #AwkwardMoments. Read More

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