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Rapper Blu has long been making quality music with his partner DJ/producer Exile, and they are currently getting some attention on the Internet and their fame is finally picking up. The duo is from LA and constantly tour the country, so if you get a chance go check out Blu & Exile when they come through your town. Today, rapper Blu dropped a track with TiRon, entitled “All the King’s Men.” Blu is a true lyricist and gospel-inspired rapper and this track definitely resonates that. Check it out for download here. Blu feat. TiRon – All the King’s Men To preview the track, click here.
Famed 38-year-old video director Hype Williams has worked with everyone from Jay-Z to Snoop to Mary J. and Q-Tip. Now, the director who has made a living of staying specifically in the hip-hop/r&b genres, has finally stepped out of that box and recently signed on to direct Coldplay’s new video for “Viva La Vida.” The song is incredible, and definitely anthemic, and only someone like Hype could bring out all the qualities that make the song unbelievable. Check it out below and let us know what you think about Hype directing rock videos. Coldplay – “Viva La Vida” Video
Brooklyn-bred rapper Maino recently released the obnoxiously infectious “Hi Hater,” and is awaiting the release of his debut on Atlantic Records. Though his rhymes on the single are far from average (not in a good way), I guess he figured pulling some known artists in for the remix would work in his favor. And…it did. Though I am by no means a fan of Maino’s (Note: According to an interview with GIANT Magazine, he spent a decade in prison on kidnapping charges), the remix goes pretty hard. Download it below, and enjoy. Maino feat. Swizz Beatz, Plies, Jadakiss, Fabolous, Plies – “Hi Hater Remix”
A couple days ago, I mentioned Freeway had just leaked a new freestyle over an old Ray Cash beat, and Free is right back at it. There are rumors floating around that Free is prepping a new album called Freedom of Speech, so all of these leaks are starting to make sense. Free is definitely consistent with his flow and uses his raspy voice to its fullest value. Check out a new track from Free, “Will I Ever Be,” below. Freeway – “Will I Ever Be”
The ever-eclectic and stylish frontman of A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip, is currently working on releasing his sophomore solo album, entitled The Renaissance. It’s been a few years since we last heard some original material from Tip, and all fans of Native Tongue and the early Tribe days should definitely be excited for his return. According to an interview with Billboard Mag, Tip said he’s enlisted Raphael Saadiq, D’Angelo and Amanda Diva for features on the album. Tip also plans to begin the 9-track album with a snippet from an Obama speech, about which he said, “I start the album off with the Obama speech not just because I’m African-American, but because I really feel like he’s a fresh new voice and alternative from what we’ve seen in the political scene in some time.” Check out leaked track “Getting Up” here for now, and go see Tribe and Tip performing live at Rock the Bells.
The movie which has been written by Cheo Hodari Coker and Reggie Rock Blythewood has been in the works for over three years now. One of the biggest obstacles faced was filling the role of the Notorious BIG. Thousands of Biggie hopefuls turned up at the various castings throughout the country but it was only when Brooklyn rapper Gravy turned up did the production crew finally feel that they had their leading man.Sean Kingston, the young protege of JR Rotem had said in an interview last year that he was actually playing the role of Biggie, but this was denied by Fox Searchlight and the production team. It was shortly after this that Gravy was cast. Gravy is no stranger to being in the spotlight after being shot on the way to Hot 97 to do an interview with Funk Master Flex back in 2006. The rapper who attended the interview and was then taken to St Vincents Hospital in NYC was later banned from the Hot 97 studios due to the shooting.
Young Money artist Tyga just released his debut album, No Introduction, with virtually no introduction. However, Tyga is making some noise in the industry after dropping his album on the same day as Wayne’s and appearing on MTV with Wheezy. Tyga was also recently MTV’s Artist of the Week and is working on another video for his album. His first single off No Introduction, “Coconut Juice,” was an infectious club-hit, and for the remix, Tyga got Rich Boy and label-mate Lil’ Wayne to do guest spots. Download the track below. Tyga feat. Lil’ Wayne & Rich Boy – “Coconut Juice Remix”
Cornerstone Promotions has been instrumental in the advancement of so many artists careers – Kanye West and newcomers Wale and Kid Cudi to name a few. Cornerstone has also worked closely with Fader Magazine in finding the newest, freshest talent and either promoting their mixtapes or parties to further their promotion. Basically, Cornerstone helps bring quality music to devoted fans of all genres of music. One of the most impressive things Cornerstone has done in recent years, however, is creating their Cornerstone Mixtape Series, currently sponsored by Levi’s. The mixtape series just saw the release of its 106th installment, and features the hottest DJs in hip-hop creating mixes of the best new songs from various artists. After having everyone from 9th Wonder to DJ Green Lantern to DJ Premier host the mixtape, Cornerstone is furthering their push of great music to knowledgeable hip-hop crowd. Cornerstone Mixtape #106 features everyone from Teyana Taylor to KRS-One and Q-Tip, and can be downloaded below. Cornerstone Mixtape #106
…Heavy D. With an album scheduled for a late September release exclusively on ITunes one of the first signees to Uptown Records is taking it back to his Jamaican roots with his new album entitled VIBES. Check out the first track from the album here Long Distance Girlfriend, an exclusive to IHipHop.com. To download Long Distance Girlfriend please follow the link below http://www.sendspace.com/file/z63u68
Coveted Hip-Hop journalist dream hampton, a major taste maker in the industry has developed a new blog. The column which you can check out here http://ebonyjet.com/culture/music/index.aspx?id=8558 caters to the unsigned and independent talent who use platforms such as MySpace, FaceBook and other ‘new’ ways of marketing to promote themselves and their music. Aptly titled The New New Things, the column which kicked off yesterday talked about Jay Electronica, Niki Minaj and The DirtBombs. dream hampton has written for The Village Voice, The Source, Vibe and she was also an associate producer on VH1s Behind the Music: The Notorious B.I.G which won the channel an Emmy.
Up-and-coming rapper KeiPH has been getting some major buzz lately and is getting Philly excited for what’s coming after The Roots era. Finally! Philly might just have a lyrically-inclined artist to represent them after the two-decade reign of the Legendary Roots Crew. He’s currently signed to indie label JRNE Records and is shopping his record to majors. KeiPH’s new song is called “Don’t Like Me Now” – a cocky, lyrical assault on haters everywhere, over a simple, hard track that resonates Philly hip-hop. Download the track below and let us know what you think about Philly’s newest. KeiPH – “Don’t Like Me Now”
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