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The Field: Violence, Hip-Hop, and Hope in Chicago (Documentary)

The Field: Violence, Hip-Hop, and Hope in Chicago (Documentary)

World Star Hip-Hop released an original documentary titled The Field a few days ago which highlights the growth of violence and hip-hop surrounding the drill movement in the murder capital of the United States, Chicago. Featuring interviews with an impressive amount of Chicago artists, including Lil Durk, King L, Lil Reese, and Young Chop, who all give...
Aaron Cohen - Why You Mad For ft. GrandeMarshall

Aaron Cohen – Why You Mad For ft. GrandeMarshall

Aaron Cohen and Fool’s Gold emcee GrandeMarshall link up for their latest track titled “Why You Mad For.” Look for this haunting tune to be featured on both Aaron’s upcoming mixtape, Potential Fans, as well as the Grand Theft Auto V mixtape which you can download here. Peep the track below and look out for more dope music...
The Weeknd - Kiss Land (Album)

The Weeknd – Kiss Land (Album)

Abel Tesfaye has had quite the unique career in comparison to other artists today. In 2011, he released three amazing mixtapes with an original sound and artist name, The Weeknd. He continued to conceal his identity by avoiding interviews until his fame finally caught up to him. After signing with Universal, he rebranded his mixtapes...
Review: Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail

Review: Jay-Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail

Review written by Mitesh B. (@PardonMy808). Whenever Jay-Z releases an album, there are simply two comparisons that listeners can make. Critics and fans can either judge his 13th studio album to recent 2013 releases or his own hall of fame library of hits and number one albums. It appears as if Jay-Z has focused on...
GrandeMarshall - Dedicated To

GrandeMarshall – Dedicated To

Fool’s Gold signee and Philly MC, Grande Marshall, released a track in anticipation for his upcoming show in Brooklyn earlier this week. The motivational tune seems to be a loosie after his buzzing project, Mugga Man, released in April. Known for his unique voice and chill beats, definitely be on the look out for future...
Joey Bada$$ - Summer Knights (Mixtape)

Joey Bada$$ – Summer Knights (Mixtape)

The young Brooklyn emcee finally released his sophomore mixtape, Summer Knights, earlier today. Aside from the usual Pro Era features and production, the tape includes guest appearances from Smoke DZA, Alchemist, and DJ Premier. Joey Bada$$ returns to the scene with a hoarser voice but the same variety of beats and flows. You can download Summer Knights...
The-Dream - IV Play (Album)

The-Dream – IV Play (Album)

Grammy award-winning R&B king The-Dream has recently blessed his fans by allowing them to stream his upcoming album, IV Play in its entirety via his VEVO page. The 12-track standard edition album features an impressive list of features including Jay-Z, Beyonce, Big Sean, and more. Stream the album for free and then make sure to support good music by...
Harry Fraud - High Tide EP

Harry Fraud – High Tide EP

Harry Fraud has quickly risen as one of last year’s hottest producers, most notably collaborating with artists such as French Montana and Action Bronson. The Brooklyn native has a variety of styles and continues to gain a buzz from artists and fans worldwide. He recently teamed up with Scion AV to offer a free 5 track...
Logic - Roll Call

Logic – Roll Call

Fresh off getting signed to Def Jam and being named one of XXL’s Freshman Class of 2013, Logic drops the second single off his next mixtape, Welcome to Forever. The DMV rapper takes on a monster of a classic by rapping over Outkast’s hit, “Ms. Jackson,” and as usual, buries the beat with his variety of flows....
TiRon & Ayomari - The Wonderful Prelude Pt. 1 EP

TiRon & Ayomari – The Wonderful Prelude Pt. 1 EP

In anticipation of their next album, Tiron & Ayomari, part of the Cafeteria Line collective, have released a new EP for their fans. You can choose to support fresh music by setting your own price for The Wonderful Prelude Pt. 1. via their Bandcamp. The Cali duo create a unique sound with their melodic beats...
Beyonce - Bow Down / I Been On

Beyonce – Bow Down / I Been On

I think it’s pretty clear, being a mother has not slowed down Beyonce from being the queen of R&B and hip-hop. This is easily the craziest Bey track I’ve heard. First, the Hit-Boy produced track is completely fresh and pretty hard hitting for Bey. Then, she begins the song by declaring her supremacy, singing, “bow down bitches.” Finally,...
Frank Ocean - Eyes Like Sky

Frank Ocean – Eyes Like Sky

At this point, Frank Ocean can’t be stopped. He recently took home two Grammys, had a show stopping performance, and is rumored to be ten songs deep into his next album. “Eyes Like Sky” appeared to have surfaced out of nowhere but could possibly be from his Channel Orange recording sessions. Take a listen to Frank...