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Review: Smoke DZA - Ringside 5 EP

Review: Smoke DZA - Ringside 5 EP

"If you ain't a wrestling fan this aint for you". Smoke DZA starts with a bar after bar track like he's free-sparring before some kind of boxing match. 

Then *ding ding*, after a WWE style introduction he's straight into Triple Threat. A track so diverse and flippant it's as if Smoke DZA were a wrestler. Flamboyant, egotistical and a desire to be recognised as the best.  The Harlem rapper's confidence breaks through with his idea that "he inherited the game like the boss' son". His confidence the driving force to his bars. 

There's a larger sound to Smoke DZA. It was probably intended but it's top rope jump music. The Club, is a heavy plethora of baller bars for the pushers and farmers which features Westside Gunn and Conway, the only features on the EP. Certified G is heavily produced short track that shows dexterity to DZA's flows and a genius Skywalker bars to prove how high he probably is. 

All in all this EP is definitely an experience. I have never listened to a Ringside project (this being their 5th) where skits dominate the music. But the use of Wrestlemania clips and over zealous Wrestler speeches really created the idea one is Ringside. 

DZA could have used more clinical combinations to take out any opposition to this 5 track EP. I didn't feel as if I was hit with a steel chair or felt the wrath of a tombstone. The heaviest hitter was by far producer 183rd, his adrenaline -infused hip hop made Ringside what it was.

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Video: DJ Premier gets insightful in Hot 97 interview

Video: DJ Premier gets insightful in Hot 97 interview

One of the top two hip hop producers, DJ Premier talks to Hot 97 host Nessa about his new single with Miguel, the legend filled online group chat he's in, his stories with some legends he's worked with and tons more!

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Mix: Samples from The Notorious B.I.G. 'Life After Death' mixed by DJ Matman

Mix: Samples from The Notorious B.I.G. 'Life After Death' mixed by DJ Matman

As one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time reaches it's 20th anniversary DJ Matman has put together this tribute mixtape alongside  WhoSampled & Wax Poetics. It contains album tracks, remixes, and original sample material - enjoy!

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Tracklist: 

01. Bobby Caldwell - My Flame
02. The Notorious B.I.G. - Sky's The Limit
03. Screamin' jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
04. The Notorious B.I.G. - Kick In The Door
05. Al Green - The Letter
06. The Notorious B.I.G. - Long Kiss Goodnight
07. Public Enemy - Shut 'Em Down (Pete Rock Remix) Matman Intro Edit
08. The Notorious B.I.G. - Ten Crack Commandments
09. Les McCann - Vallarta 
10. Barbara Mason - Another Man
11. The Notorious B.I.G. - Another
12. Liquid Liquid - Cavern
13. The Notorious B.I.G. - Nasty Boy (Bad Boy Remix) Matman Aca In Edit
14. The Notorious B.I.G. - Nasty Boy
15. Rene & Angela - I Love You More
16. The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Jay-Z - I Love The Dough
17. Zapp - More Bounce To The Ounce (Matman Intro Edit)
18. The Notorious B.I.G. - Going Back To Cali
19. Herb Alpert - Rise
20. Doug E. Fresh And M. C. Ricky D (aka Slick Rick) - La-Di-Da-Di
21. The Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize 
22. Andreas Vollenweider - Belladonna
23. The Notorious B.I.G. - I Got A Story To Tell
24. Schoolly D – P.S.K.-What Does It Mean? 
25. The Notorious B.I.G. - B.I.G. Interlude
26. Richard Evans - Close To You
27. Al Green - I'm Glad Your Mine
28. Biz Markie - Biz Is Goin' Off
27. The Notorious B.I.G. - What's Beef?
28. Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out
29. The Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems Matman Aca Out Edit
30. Asha Puthli - Space Talk 
31. The Notorious B.I.G. - The World Is Filled...
32. Diana Ross - Missing You
33. The Notorious B.I.G. - Miss U
34. Ohio Players - More Than Love 
35. The Notorious B.I.G. - Notorious Thugs
36. Billy Preston - I Wonder Why
37. The Notorious B.I.G. - Nobody Til Somebody (Enuff Demo Mix)
38. The Notorious B.I.G. - You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)
39. Al Green - For The Good Times 
40. The Notorious B.I.G. - My Downfall
41. The Notorious B.I.G. - #! *@ You Tonight
42. The Notorious B.I.G. - Last Days (OG Havoc Demo Mix)
43. The Whispers - Hey, Who Really Cares
44. The Notorious B.I.G. - N%$%*s Bleed
45. The Notorious B.I.G. - Playa Hater (acapella)
46. The Delfonics - Hey Love 

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Miguel x DJ Premier - 2 LOVIN U

Miguel x DJ Premier - 2 LOVIN U

One of the dopest contemporary singers teams up with the dopest hip hop producer on this new track which is full of energy, good vibes and some great cuts on the hook too!

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Busta Rhymes - AAAHHH! (prod. Swizz Beatz)

Busta Rhymes - AAAHHH! (prod. Swizz Beatz)

The O.G is back with some bounce in his latest track “AAAHHH” produced by legendary beat smith Swizz Beatz. We know that whenever these two come together something magical happens, although I wouldn’t say that this is their best work together it is still a vibe.

Busta never fails to bring character to any track he is on and Swizz keeps it simple but effective with the piano led production and a catchy bass line driven hook. This is definitely a track hip hop heads will appreciate and a great pick for those of you with stress to alleviate AAAHHH 

 

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Cormega ft. Havoc & Giggs - Ironic

Cormega ft. Havoc & Giggs - Ironic

Dope transatlantic link up as South London don Giggs jumps on this collab with QB's Cormega and Havoc, one half of Mobb Deep!

@iamcormega // @mobbdeephavoc // @officialgiggs

 

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Stream: Ill Bill drops new album Septagram

Stream: Ill Bill drops new album Septagram

Following a short time off the grid Ill Bill is back as lyrically engaging and dope as ever with this new project, in which he brings his Uncle Howie/Non Phixion boys on board. Straight dopeness from start to finish and always a good look when he brings the likes of Q Unique and Goretex on the feature verses too!

@ILLB1LL

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Smoke DZA - Outside My Mind / Petty Murphy (Produced By Flying Lotus)

Smoke DZA - Outside My Mind / Petty Murphy (Produced By Flying Lotus)

Smoke DZA and Flying Lotus link up in the what is a celebration of the 4/20 festive season. A time for relaxation, vibes and good company, the NY rapper and LA producer deliver in fine form, and some up the vibe perfectly, with their new tracks, ‘Outside My Mind’ and ‘Petty Murphy’.

Smoke DZA Twitter // Smoke DZA Facebook

Flying Lotus Twitter // Flying Lotus Facebook

 

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Video: Breakwater Riddim Mega Mix ft Daddy Rings & Gentleman, T.O.K., Jr. Reid & Maino, Ying Yang Twins and more!

Video: Breakwater Riddim Mega Mix ft Daddy Rings & Gentleman, T.O.K., Jr. Reid & Maino, Ying Yang Twins and more!

A strong new rhythm track out of Kingstone Records which features some of the cream of the Jamaican reggae scene and some US and European talent too! Check below for the Gentleman and Daddy Rings vocal -

Buy from iTunes: https://lnk.to/BreakwaterRiddim
Buy from Google Play: https://goo.gl/Ev0uwd

Daddy Rings & Gentleman - In The Streets

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Video: Fabolous ft. Dave East - Summertime Sadness

Video: Fabolous ft. Dave East - Summertime Sadness

Fabolous is back with a new set of visuals for 'Summertime sadness', taken from his 'Summertime Shootout' mixtape. In the music video, better yet, the mini-movie, we see Fab and his co-star Dave East re-enacting John Travolta and Nicolas Cage’s famous scene in Face/Off. The heartfelt track samples Lana Del Rey’s 'Summertime sadness' and Fab’s nostalgic storytelling walks us through the emotions of losing friends and the struggles of getting out of the streets.

Meanwhile Dave East takes the track to another level. His emotive lyricism represents everything Hip-hop is about; rawness and authenticity. No doubt, Dave East went in and killed Loso on his own track! Nevertheless, Fab’s cinematic approach is taking music videos to another level and this isn’t the first time he’s done it, following the “You made me” music video, inspired by Back to the Future. Also the “We Good” visuals, inspired by Dead Presidents, who knows what’s next! 

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Joey Bada$$ - Ready (Prod. Statik Selektah)

Joey Bada$$ - Ready (Prod. Statik Selektah)

New heat from the NY rapper who comes thru harder than ever, with a statement of intent while flowing confidently over this dope beat from the Boston producer - 

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Video: French Montana & Fetty Wap - Freaky (Feat. Monty) (Prod. by Mekanics)

Video: French Montana & Fetty Wap - Freaky (Feat. Monty) (Prod. by Mekanics)

The unlikely duo of French Montana and Fetty Wap made acquaintances on the 'One Helluva Night' tour from last month, and spent much of their down time constructing the release 'Coke Zoo', which hit the world unexpectedly a few days ago. The visuals for 'Freaky' which feature fellow Remy Boy Monty are part of the release as well. Streaming and download options are below.

@frenchmontana @fettywap @monty1738 @remedymekanic @tekthemekanic

Download - French Montana & Fetty Wap: Coke Zoo here

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50 Cent drops out of Forbes hip hop rich list while Diddy peaks with $60m earnings

50 Cent drops out of Forbes hip hop rich list while Diddy peaks with $60m earnings

After a drama filled year for both the Bad Boy Records CEO and the G Unit boss, it looks like Sean Combs will have the last laugh, as not only has he reached #1 on the annual hip hop rich list, but Curtis Jackson didn't even make the top 20, which shouldn't come as a surprise following his bankruptcy announcements.

Considering Diddy's wide ranging brand portfolio it's clear to see how he raked in such a fortune, with brands like Ciroc Vodka, REVOLT TV network, alkaline water brand Aquahydrate and can't forget the clothing brand Sean John!

50's Effen Vodka and SMS Audio don't seem to have generated much ROI for Fiddy though let's see what things look like in a year's time. Much respect due to independent hip hop icon Tech N9ne, who came in at number 17. Further proof that being a dope rapper with a solid fan base and a great live show, combined with consistent output really can make you million of dollars without having to compromise your own brand!

Here's the full list and you can find out even more via Forbes.com.

1. Diddy: $60 million
2. Jay Z: $56 million
3. Drake: $39.5 million
4. Dr. Dre: $33 million
5. Pharrell: $32 million
6. Eminem: $31 million
7. Kanye West: $22 million
8. Wiz Khalifa: $21.5 million
9. Nicki Minaj: $21 million
10. Birdman: $18 million
11. Pitbull: $17 million
12. Lil Wayne: $15 million
13. Kendrick Lamar: $12 million
13. J. Cole: $11 million
14. Snoop Dogg: $10 million
16. Rick Ross: $9 million
17. Tech N9ne: $8.5 million
18. Ludacris: $8 million
19. T.I.: $6 million
20. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: $5.5 million

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Video: Styles P - Other Side

Video: Styles P - Other Side

As he promotes the new album "A Wise Guy And A Wise Guy", SP the Ghost drops this heavy new track which plays to his signature rhyming style. Grab the album via Google Play.

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Bruse Wane ft Sister Nancy - BAM BAM

Bruse Wane ft Sister Nancy - BAM BAM

Presenting Jamaican born Hip Hop rapper & entrepreneur Bruse Wane, who hits us with this new single BAM BAM featuring none other than the legendary Sister Nancy known as a singer & the world’s first female dancehall DJ.

Here Bruse uses an explosive yet tamed hip-hop flow filled with smart metaphors and lots of references to the comic book world over a classic reggae instrumental. BAM BAM is from the upcoming project Earl Manigault Of Rap Album is out October 26th.

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