Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Check It Out: For The Culture -Mickey Factz

What's Good?
Mickey Factz drops the official video to 'For The Culture' featuring the talented Marsha Ambrosius.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A-Game-Since 1988 Commercial

Peep the commercial for the dynamic duo A-Game's mixtape entitled "Since 1988". Check It Out.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Freaky Friday

Hello there Ladies. Its Friday, so why not get a little frisky..

Hip-Hop History

Here's a little Hip-Hop history for ya'll about the  one and only Bussa Buss. Check It Out.

Check It Out: BTS:For The Culture -Mickey Factz

Whats's Good?
Mickey Factz takes you through a tour of his latest music video 'For The Culture'. Factz shows the storyboard of what inspired the video and the song.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

By Ear Mixtape Review: Rahiem Supreme

Peace And Blessings

This week on the mixtape circuit is the review of the DMV bred lyricist Rahiem Supreme's mixtape "Official Genesis". The overall message and vibe of the mixtape is easily detected once listening to each and every track. The production has a solid variety and even includes a few old school beats where Rahiem Supreme goes off lyrically.
The tracks in which opened my eyes to the distinctive Rahiem Supreme lyrical flow coincidentally occured on these older beats and definitely fulfilled the replay value that is essentially needed to take music to the next level. Rahiem Supreme most certainly has a solid lyrical depth and flows for a variety of sounds. The old school style is something that mass music heads will definitely appreciate. In regards to replay value I was particularly drawn to the various old school beats Rahiem flowed on. The DMV artist is definitely worth a listen or two check the link for the mixtape. http://www.mediafire.com/?jmlmkz0b2sm9gt7

By Ear @St8ofmines

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Kendrick Lamar - Hii Power (Official Music Video)

Here it is.

Check Something New: 'Positions' by Yung B (Produced by Church)

The first release from his upcoming project. The Franchise artist came together with the Made Men production team for an r/b feel that undeniably catches the sentiment of the track name. Yung B is an artist hailing from the DMV area. He is a dual threat artists with the ability to not only rap but also sing on his work. This young artist has much to come in the future.

Producer: Church
Recorded by: Church for Made Men Music
Mixed by: Bo Zone for Made Men Music
Follow him on twitter @IamRudeBoy
Follow @MadeMen2011

Behind the Scenes Video

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Music Update: Crazy Single -Bei Maejor & Chief Stockton

What's Good?
Bei Maejor teams with Chief stockton to release their first single off of the Once Upon A Time freEP.

New Artist Alert: Ryan Hemsworth

What's Good?
Canada has surely been on the come up as of lately producing some of today's most prominent and "up & coming" artist since Drake's phenomenal run. Now star Canadian artist such as Melanie Fiona, Rochelle Jordan,The Weekend & K-OS keeping the window open for artist such as Ryan Hemsworth to make an appearance, There is no telling if the next best thing is coming from them.

The Halifax native brings a new collection of sounds that creates an energetic vibe from very opening track. I call him the Next Dimension A-trak. The club sounds creates something new than the other Club DJs who put songs together that made you move to every sound. Please enjoy the sounds of Ryan Hemsworth

Monday, May 23, 2011

Nothing You Expected - cYro haZe‏

His awaited sophomore mixtape "Nothing You Expected"

Nothing You Expected - cYro haZe‏

Tracklisting and info after the jump

Check It Out: Acura Integurl -Frank Ocean

What's Good?
The talented Frank Ocean teams up with Dave Wilson to provide a set of visuals for another hit that didn't make the Nostalgia/Ultra album but can be found on the Lonny Breaux collection . His career will reach so many levels and I hope in life and his career that he stays true to his style.

Music Update: Return Of Simba -J. Cole

What's Good?
After all the mixed reviews on twitter about J. Cole's feature on 'Fitted Caps', He surely come back with a reassuring hit. J.Cole is surely making his own shadow as he separates himself from the stamping shadow of Hip-Hop great Jay-Z.
Shout Out To H.E.R.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Check It Out:Diz Gibran – Slick (Live Video)

The Last of a dying breed Diz Gibran performing his single entitled "Slick" live....Let that beat hit yuh. Check It Out.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Happy Birthday

What's Good?
All dried out of tears... I miss you Christopher. He would of been 39 today.

Friday, May 20, 2011

New Artis Alert: Mara Hruby

What's Good?

Letting go of an artist can be one of the most difficult things in life. All the memories they helped you build to the very day you met them (Musically). In the last three years, all music lovers have lost atleast three significant artist that helped them through whatever situation to the RADIO. Music is so relative to everything that is worth more in its exclusive phase. Finding an artist that sings or raps away your pain  while remaining to not fall mainstream is one of the most precious things in the world. Recently losing Frank Ocean to the radio was devastating to all the people who appreciate music because they understand where it's going from here. New artist will rise in his place and we wish him the best of luck.

Today's next best thing came to my attention through an AIM conversation and she shocked me, now refreshing my love for R&B Mara Hruby is surely the neo-soulful talent that has been needed for the last year. Giving her rendition to the likes of Mos Def, D'Angelo and Bob Marley, Mara has shared with her fans a few samples of her favorites. The Oakland, California native found her start in 2010 circulating the Bay and now making her way around the U.S. soothing the spirits of all music lovers.

Mara Hruby has a new EP available for download titled 'From Her Eyes'. Give it a listen and let her take you down a soul-ful journey. The hardest part is going to be, letting her go because she will be a popular voice amongst the latest artist we lost to the Radio.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Check It Out: I should've Kissed You -Chris Brown

What's Good?
Now this is song that strongly recommended for his second single. I know a hit when I hear it.

LeBron Clutch?

Okay, I wouldn't go as far as saying that, just yet at least but I have to give credit where credit is due and King James definitely gets some respect after closing out Game 2 against Chicago.

James scored 9 points over the final 5 minutes of the game to seal the deal for Miami. He finished with 29 to lead the team but that wasn't the only category he led Miami in. He had the most rebounds, assist and steals of any player on the Heat last night. He shot the highest from the field and led the team with 3 pointers made. Yeah you can last night LeBron put his foot down everyone's throat.

On the Bulls side, things were ugly. Derrick Rose shot 7-23 from the field. Loul Deng was the only other Bulls player to score more then 10 points while Carlos Boozer only played 27 minutes. Not good enough for the guy that got that fat contract this off season and no he WASN'T in foul trouble. Only 2 the whole game.

I made this comparison last night via Twitter but I'll make it again here. The 2011 Chicago Bulls are the 2010 San Francisco Giants. Here's why:

The defense of Chicago is the BEST in the league like the Giants pitching was the BEST in the league last year. Though Miami won, they only managed to score 85 points and this team does consist of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who along with Chris Bosh, scored 80 points combined multiple times this season.

85 NBA points = 3 MLB runs

Next: The Bulls offense is like the Giants offense from last year because it relies on timely and efficient buckets (to SF's bats) to win games. The Bulls won't blow you out because they don't have that type of offense. If Rose struggles, they all struggle which is why I thought losing out on Ray Allen in the off season and losing out on OJ Mayo at the deadline was a big loss for the Bulls.

But, it was only Game 2 as they say. Series tied at 1 and on to South Beach we go...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Check It Out: H.O.P.E. – Body On Me x L.A. Leakers in Studio (Video)

Check It out. H.O.P.E. touches base with the L.A. Leaekers to perform his new single "Body on Me" in the studio. Shtupid Dhope Phresh..

Check It Out:Designer Sh*t -Dom Kennedy

What's Good?
Dom gives the fans his second video off of his latest mixtape 'The Original Dom Kennedy". This is my favorite track by the way!

Shout Out To @Ecurrensy

Music Update: The Finer Things -Mickey Factz

What's Good?
Mickey Factz is definitely keeping all of his fans awake week after week with new content. Consistency always win...especially against a deaf ear.

Shout Out To 2 Dope Boyz

Jordan Brand Signs Maya Moore

Today it was announced that Team Jordan has signed its first female athlete, #1 draft pick Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx. Moore who starred at UConn is arguably the best women's basketball player ever. It will be interesting to see how Jordan chooses to use Moore and to see if she will be the first female since Sheryl Swoopes to have her own basketball shoe. Maybe Moore signing to Team Jordan is exactly what women's basketball needs to reach new heights.

Monday, May 16, 2011

New Artist Alert: Bobby Generic

What's Good?
The Bronx native Bobby Generic has come a long after choosing different career paths until landing in the music world. Following his roots and history of being raised where Hip-Hop was born, Generic takes his growing pains of developing his rapping career.

By Ear Mixtape Review : D'amazin Rookie

Peace and Blessings

This week I present to you a project I hold close and dear to me, A collaborative Ep composed by my two brothers from another, Titled "D'amazin Rookie". The seven track Ep brings together the talented brother Darius Washington (@Damazin215) and his extensive soul sampling talents along with the lyrical prowess of Tyrque Jackson(@Rookie_Mcfly). The duo already gaining local fame and headlining for artists such as Wale have been collaborating for some time and feel that the time is now to put the world on to their talents.The samples are dope in choice and the production is of a pre College Dropout feel.The lyrical talent and wordplay of D'amazin Rookie is of sound value and style as well. The Duo definitely put their talents to good use and the Ep is solid proof of it. If the Ep is a preview of what's to come for the two I'm sure the work and artistry can only get better from here. Check the link for the drop. ClickHere

By Ear @St8ofmines

Norvel Pelle Bringing Cali Sunshine to NYC

On Saturday I got a chance to talk to future St. John's recruit, Norvel Pelle.

The 6'10" big man is one of Coach Steve Lavin's top 100 recruits that are coming in next season.

A very down to earth guy, Pelle really took his time in conversing with me about his decision to come to St. John's and more.

Here's a little excerpt:

From the City of Angels hails another shining star who is making his way to the bright lights of New York City.

Norvel Pelle of Price High School (CA) joins Amir Garrett and Dwayne Polee II as the third recruit from the Golden State to come to Queens in Steve Lavin’s one full year with St. John’s.

Pelle began his high school career at Dominguez (CA), famous for alumni like Dallas Mavericks’ center Tyson Chandler and Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Jennings, before transferring to Price. The 6’10” Pelle is bringing his long, lanky frame to the Red Storm, a team for which he believes the sky is the limit.

“I picked [St. John’s] because I felt it would be a perfect situation,” said Pelle. “Having a whole new team and a new coaching staff, we would have a chance to rebuild St. John’s.”

Check out the full article here

Rose & CHI take Game 1

Lets just say, it was only game one of the series.

Miami last night came out with a great start in the first quarter last night verse the Chicago Bulls, something they haven't been able to do all season.

Chicago though, answered right back with contributions not only from Derrick Rose and Carlos Boozer but the supporting cast Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Ronnie Brewer and Taj Gibson who was my unsung hero of the game last night.

Rose finished with 28 points, Deng with 21 and Boozer with 14 but Gibson's 9 points were the biggest of them all.

Not only did Gibson serve Wade a facial but he brought energy off the bench for Chicago and helped spark a couple runs. Multiple blocks and nice assist set up other scoring plays and he was a key contributor in shutting down LeBron James when Deng needed a breather.

Miami didn't look out of sync, just were out played. Chicago's defense was SUFFOCATING to say the least.

Chris Bosh finished with a team high 30 points, Wade had 18 and LeBron scored just 15.

Game 1 went to the Bulls because they had a total team effort in the win but remember people, it was only game one.

I expect MIA to get back to to the drawing room and come out in Game 2 with a lot more aggression and make more of a game.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

DJ Black House X RhymesxReason 9 (Mixtape)

We enjoyed doing Rhymes X Reason 8 with DJ Black House, this is his next release Rhymes X Reason 9, so you already knoww... the download for 8 is up to the right.

Follow him on twitter @djblackhouse12

Friday, May 13, 2011

Release Reminder: Air Jordan 5 "Wolf Grey"

Air Jordan 5
Light Graphite/White-Wolf Grey
May 14, 2011

Shawn Morris "Take Cover" (Remix) [Video]

Shawn Morris "Take Cover" (Remix)

Blu – Doin’ Something ft. Pac Div, U-N-I, J*DaVeY, TiRon, Ayomari

BLU is Back... THis track is ill man.. Features everywhere. Shouts to U-N-I

Kidz in the Hall – Semester Abroad (Mixtape)

A lot of great features on here.. Curren$y, Tabi Bonney, Smoke DZA, and the Kid Daytona.

Shouts to h.e.r.

cYro haZe -Weekend ft. SRG‏

 dropping his 2nd mixtape "Nothing You Expected" on May 19th. The first single off of the tape is called "Weekend" featuring SRG. smooth

KJ Hamilton- Supa Duper High‏

Going over Missy Elliot's "Supa Dupa Fly" instrumental, Kj Hamilton spits a quick verse and takes his fans on a trip to the moon. Check it out yall

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Check It Out: #JetsGo - Curren$y

What's Good?
Weekend At Bernies set to release late june.

Kid Cudi X Covers May Issue of Z!nk Magazine

Hope he has a new project soon.. tape, EP, album, anything...

Wiz Khalifa X DayToday Season 4 ep. 3

Weekend at Burnie's (Artwork)

Check This Out. The album cover for Curren$y's upcoming Warner Bro.'s album "Weekend at Burnies" which drops June 28th look out for it.

The Weeknd-What You Need (Visual)

Check out The Weeknd's visual for the track "What You Need" off their recently dropped mixtape "House of Balloons". See I came to the conclusion that #TeamNC  is what you all need, but sadly I'm excluded. Look on the bright side there are Seven others. =)

King James Slays Goliath

Quote, "I couldn't do it by myself."

If there is anything to be taken away from LeBron James game 5 triumphant victory over the Boston Celtics is that he knew plan and simple he couldn't beat the Celtics unless he went to a team like Miami who had a star like Dwyane Wade.

With a CLUTCH three over Paul Pierce and then a steal and monster dunk to really seal it off, James made it clear he wasn't going to allow any comebacks.

During the post game press conference, LeBron took a moment out to mention is love for his former teammates in Cleveland as well as the city itself but he knew it had to be done.

"I apologize for the way it happened," LeBron said. "But I knew that this opportunity was once in a lifetime."

Though a lifetime is far from over for James, last night he could breathe a sigh of relief knowing that he had taken the right measures to defeat his greatest opponent, The Boston Celtics.

Yes, David beat Goliath by himself but I'm pretty sure if David could have had some help he would have gladly taken it. LeBron needed help and went out and got it.

Now the test for Miami is preparing for "dinner" against either Chicago or Atlanta and then seeing if they can whip it up come desert time against the winner of the Western Conference.

Sources: ESPN

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

By Ear: David Dallas - The Rose Tint (Album Review)

Peace And Blessings

Taking the U.S. by storm by way of New Zealand or N.Z. for short is up and coming artist David Dallas. The Somoan European Artist is most certainly a force to be reckoned with. The Duck Down records signee has recently released his free album titled the Rose Tint, from lyrical depth, delivery and content to tight production on each and every track The Rose Tint hits everything on all cylinders The thirteen track album comes with a variety of content from potential radio hits to songs of a vibe out and relaxation value.
The album also features guest appearances from Jordache, Buckshot, and Freddie Gibbs. The Hunger and talent of Dallas is ever apparent on every tack of the album, already gaining support from Artist such as Kanye West as well as winning multiple awards for previous albums Dallas is showing he is more than ready to bring his talent to American and Beyond. Check the link for the Rose Tint free download garaunteed you wont be dissapointed.

By Ear @St8ofmines

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pusha T-Open Your Eyes (Video)

Pusha T release another visual off of his recent mixtape Fear Of God.  If it wasn't dope I wouldn't post it. Open those eyes people and Check It Out. Don't front....

PENSAR -The List

For as long as I can remember, hip-hop fans, critics and trendy tastemakers have been debating the who's who of hip-hop. But, in recent years, a few industry heads have decided to document the conversation in print via a top ten sort of list.

Most notably, people have been asked to give their top 5 rappers of all time or even top 5 alive. You can imagine the amount of controversy this has caused being that there are so many artists who have shared their rhymes with us, that it is hard to choose the best of the best or even, the best of the worse. In 2008, VIBE magazine, in the same manner in which the NCAA chooses its sweet sixteen, decided to create a voting bracket to put the age-old question (Who is the best rapper alive?) to rest. Out of 100 carefully chosen rappers (it can be argued that rappers were not appropriately matched) readers of the mag took to the internet to vote crowning Eminem the best rapper alive. You can imagine how this would upset the hip-hop community and those with differing opinions.

Well, the engines began turning and in 2009, XXL decided rather than debating the greats, they would showcase the new. So, in 2009 the magazine debuted the XXL Freshman 10 list which included Asher Roth, Wale, B.O.B., Charles Hamilton, Cory Gunz, Blu, Mickey Facts, Ace Hood, Curren$y and Kid Cudi.

The list sought to shine light on artists across the country who were both adept in their craft and positioned for mainstream success. However, it created an uproar among the hip-hop community especially those demanding to know why so and so and so and so did not make the list. However, the artists chosen from that list and the list in the two following years since have gone on to become some of today's best new artists.

To some artists the revealing of these list can be detrimental to their ego, motivation and overall gusto as an artists. Not making a list can fuel jealousy and thoughts of "it should have been me". On the other hand, being named the next big thing can put pressure where it is not wanted or needed. Artists may feel they have to be a certain type of way or force themselves into the mainstream.

NewMusic Update: ElMatic [Mixtape] -Elzhi

What's Good?
One of Hip Hop's most beloved MC's from the Dilla error returns with a solo project. Elzhi gets Producer Will Sessions to produce the entire project as an ode to one of the top 5 MC's ever... Nasir Jones.
Click The Jump for The Track List

Pensar: Life...

Life… Something so precious, that only a few billion people are privilege to experience. Are you satisfied? I often ask myself, would I be Satisfied If my creator ended it now? No! Life is the greatest high when you speak from a higher understanding, you have a sense of fulfilling the obligation of giving that opportunity to someone either unborn or under-privilege and I have not done either. I have so much unfinished business that I feel it will leave a debt so big that it would carry into the after life.  Sometimes you should sit back and ask yourself that if you were to die today would you be content with how you lived it? Sometimes we run so hard and fast in the maze of life that we lose our way. Lose our way so deep that we forget to enjoy the spoils of life and helping people do the same.  Some people have live a complete lifetime without experiencing the simple things of life worth living for like Love & Friendship. Those people gained the world.  Today we are so young stuck on the same playlist of life. It’s time to diversify your lifestyle in order to fulfill it with all of life’s spoils. Write out a “list” of everything you want in life and rip it up! Life needs no plan. Remember, Only A few people are privilege to experience it….Life

Music Update: By Any Means -Wale Ft. MMG

What's Good?
MMG released another song to keep the listeners buzzin' Folarin take the lead for the track. SELF MADE IN STORES MAY 23rd.

Check It Out: Check Me -Amanda Diva

What's Good?
The Technicolor Lover Releases the first set of visuals for her latest FreEp Madame Monochrome.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Check It Out: Mood Muzik 4.5 trailer

What's Good?
Joey is and will always be one of my favorites. Mood Muzik 2 set the trend and he leads us to 4.5. Joey airs  out his laundry baket #ClassicJoey

Music Update: I Do It -Big Sean

What's Good?
Finally Famous Drops The First Day Of Summer (June 21st).

Shout Out 2DBZ

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Check Something New: Rahiem Supreme - Mentally ill

Check this young, fresh lyricist out... you can really feel that Hip-Hop on his records... Def look forward to hearing more music from him...

"Twenty-one year old Duplicate Dreamz Music Group/HMP Entertainment artist
 Rahiem Supreme is a rapper/songwriter, hailing from the Uptown Northwest DC area, he is a fresh young lyricist on the prowl representing the hip-hop genre while bringing a new swag lyricism, originality and creativity to the table. One of his main goals as a new artist is to bring that classic hip-hop sound back."

Check It Out: Stupid Dope Moves -Phuture

What's Good?
I got a chance to see this gentleman perform and this song was a go in my book. D.C. may have a run if they bring it together.

Shout Out To Dre The Mayor

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Get Busy Committee-Pay Me In A...(Video)

Title of the song is self-explanatory. Dope as hell though. Why not get paid in Ass? Check It Out.

By Ear: Don't Look Down-Green Street

Peace And Blessings,
For those who have yet to hear the name Green Street time to get familiar. The Emcee Duo( A-Live, And Soupa) along with D.J renaissance come together to bless the ears with this soulful fresh sound. The Boston bred B.K based duo have come together to make a jazz inspired soulful assortment of tracks for the ready ear. The content is primarily inspirational in nature, with an assortment of tracks promoting getting out your dreams and following your own path in life. The duo is talented and the message their bringing is respected. Combining the lyrical talent of the duo with some tight production from D.J Renaisance, makes this collective work legit to say the least. Check it out Here

By Ear @St8ofmines

Check It Out: 100 hunnit -Meek Mill & Wale

Whats Good?
Maybach Music Group is really working.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Music Update: Ordinary Love S#!t PT.3 -Joe Budden

What's Good?
Joe Budden doing what he does best...Air It Out! This time over Frank Ocean's Novacane which fits so perfectly for his situation.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cool Kids X LIVE in DC

Another dope vid from the homie @TV_Kills and International AWOL

Check It Out: #4AM - @BlackCobain Feat. @Wale

What's Good?
After Rocking The House At St. John's University, #TeamNoDayOff Finally Releases The Highly Anticipated Visuals for #4AM. Directed By DJ Omega

CONGRATS: Jelani & Jasmin

What's Good?
This post is personal and well mentioned. I want to congratulate My big bro Jelani and newly engaged  fiancé Jasmin on officially going broom shopping! I just want to play a song that makes me think of them when Jelani has these intense older brother talks with me. Cheers! Love is true people! What is the true value of your life's blessings without sharing them with someone.

Wale Performance at St. Johns University

Thanks to Haraya, Maybach Musics own Wale turns Carnesseca Arena out with this performance. Check It Out. [s.n. DC is on the map now boy....much fluffin' respect]

Check It Out:She Ain't You -Chris Brown

What's Good?
The second best song on F.A.M.E. ,now that its all over the radio I don't how I feel anymore. #IHATETHERADIO

Memphis Lights

Memphis, a team that got no national exposure this past season is making sure they take in all that they can get this post season.

After defeating the #1 seeded Spurs 4-2, Memphis came out yesterday and handed the Thunder a beat down in Oklahoma City.

Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined for 54 points in the winning effort.

Memphis is doing all of this without their star, Rudy Gay.

Kevin Durant tried all that he could to keep the game close but silly turnovers and wildly possessions ended up costing OKC the game.

Watching Memphis, right now at least, is like watching basketball at its greatest. The Grizzlies players are playing their role whether its Tony Allen playing defense or Mike Conley pressing the ball up court. OJ Mayo has shown patience on the offense and the low post game of Gasol and Z-Bo have been terrific. Only 7 turnovers in yesterdays game.

Call me crazy but this isn't seer luck we are seeing. This is looking like another upset in the brewing.