The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 10]

This week hasn’t been very kind to me folks. From nagging injuries to a nasty lingering cold, I’ve spent most of my week resigned indoors as I try to recover. Despite all of those hurdles though, I’ve managed to push through to bring you all the tenth edition of the Hip-Hop Dojo. Last week was all about introducing you guys to new artists, and while we do have a few fresh names around here again, you should be familiar with a majority of the lot. I won’t be able to elaborate on every track today, but I would like to point out some of the standout material from this week’s collection. We just hope this playlist can serve as a nice break from the Arrested Development marathon we all know you’re currently having.

We start things of with New Jersey native MoRuf, a recent college graduate who decided to celebrate by crafting a song about it. Looking forward to the road ahead, Mo hopes to dodge some stormy weather as he seeks the clear path towards success. Next up to the plate is Devine Carama who hopes to enlighten his listeners through his lyrics and his flow. Da YoungFellaz hope to take us on a trip to “New Rich City” with their latest effort. This marks the second straight week that the duo has been featured in the Dojo, and we hope that streak continues going forward. Our fourth selection reminds us of a lesson Bay Area emcee A-1  taught us a few weeks back. On “Funeral Season” Statik and crew provide us with a few more details about the spike in violence that occurs during the hot summer months. Bun B and Hit-Boy in particular come through with some surprisingly stellar verses.

A good chunk of this week’s compilation comes to us from Chicago. In fact, two of the best works lyrically are featured back to back: the first one being F.Stokes‘ “1954” and the second being Psalm One‘s “Queen Until.” We also can’t ignore our newest piece from the SAVEMONEY clique. The ensemble provides us with bars for days as they absolutely tear through the seven minute remix of Giftz’s “Nino.” Another phenomenal number comes to us from Waldo who “Finally” makes his Hip-Hop Dojo premiere. The Michigan emcee certainly impresses on the mic as he spits over a lush, atmospheric instrumental from Sango. Our final offering from Chitown comes courtesy of Julian Malone, who preps us for the release of his upcoming Diff.Rnt mixtape with the first single, “Tokyo.” 

Tate Tucker‘s “Fire” wins the title of smoothest track of the week, but Bas‘ “Lit” might be a close second. Featuring a sample of Miguel‘s “Do You” and an excellent guest verse from J. Cole, “Lit” definitely stands out as one of the top tracks to drop this week (seriously, I can’t emphasize enough how clutch that Cole feature is). Interpolating the chorus of the Fresh Prince classic, Blu wants to remind us exactly what time it is (even if it might not feel that way in certain parts of the country) on “Summer Time.”

Now I don’t normally feature freestyles on here, but there’s something about Drake‘s “5 AM In Toronto” that brings the best out of every emcee that touches it. A few weeks ago we shared Joell Ortiz‘s rendition of “5 AM In Brooklyn,” and today we bring you Voli‘s “5 AM.” The Jersey representative definitely brings his A-game as he steps up to the mic on this one. When you first press play on Lecrae‘s “Round of Applause” it might sound like your average trap banger, but if you pay close attention to the lyrics, you’ll realize the true message behind the song. The track is all about emerging from the stereotypes that many of these rappers fall victim to, and proving that it’s possible to be successful through hard work and education. That provides a perfect segue to our next selection, as Goodie Mob attempts to provide us with “Special Education” of their own. Featuring the vocal stylings of Janelle Monáe, the newest single from the legendary quartet is sure to make your headphones explode with its whirring, hard-hitting instrumental. The track also proves that Cee Lo can still rap his ass off, as he completely demolishes the beat with his tremendous wordplay.

Snow Tha Product is the only artist to be featured twice this week, and for good reason. If you don’t know about Snow yet, it’s still not too late to jump on her bandwagon. The Mexican-American emcee absolutely bodies tracks with her rapid-fire flow, proving she can hold her own on both “On. Now” featuring Trae Tha Truth and “Cali Luv,” a record produced by The Cataracs that includes a sample of Tupac‘s classic “California Love.” The next selection I’d like to highlight is from Travi$ Scott. Kanye’s latest protégé recently released his Owl Pharoah mixtape, and this particular track was too good to pass up. “Dance on the Moon” has a very Kid Cudi-esque vibe to it, mostly thanks to Theophilus London‘s vocals on the chorus. The final track on our playlist might be the most upbeat (and the most random) of them all. Featuring the unlikely pairing of 2 Chainz and Macklemore, Clinton Sparks brings us an energetic number all about chasing paper and having a generally good time.All in all, it’s a perfect way to wrap things up.

We hope you guys enjoyed our tenth edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo as much as we did! As always, you can send all of your submissions/suggestions to

(As a bonus, I wanted to direction your attention to a fun little video I’ve included below. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will always have a special place in the hearts of all hip-hop fans, so I feel it’s my duty to alert you of any mini-reunions of the show’s cast.)


’MoRuf – Dodging.Dark.Clouds.’
’Devine Carama – Light Switch Flow’
’Da YoungFellaz – New Rich City (feat. Sal Capone)’
’Statik Selektah – Funeral Season (feat. Styles P, Bun B, & Hit Boy)’
’Giftz – Nino (Remix) Feat. Tree, Joey Purp, Kami de Chukwu, Dally Auston, Brian Fresco & Caleb James’
’Julian Malone – Tokyo’
’Waldo – Finally (Prod. by Sango)’
’F. Stokes – 1954’
’Psalm One – Queen Until (Prod. By Panik)’
’Tate Tucker – Fire’
’Bas – Lit feat. J. Cole and KQuick (Prod. by Ced)’
’MeLo X – Mojitos and Little Dragon’
’Blu & Bombay – “Summer Time” feat. Arima Ederra’
’Spose – I’m Starving’
’Chuck Inglish – For The Love (Feat. Asher Roth)’
’Sir Michael Rocks – In a Minute feat. Ab Soul & Dash (Prod. Larry Fisherman)’
’Earl Sweatshirt – Guild (feat. Mac Miller)’
’Kid Ink – Bossin’ Up  ft A$AP Ferg & French Montana’
’Voli – 5AM’
’Lecrae – Round Of Applause ft. B.o.B’
’Goodie Mob – Special Education f. Janelle Monae’
’Machine Gun Kelly – Peso ft. Pusha T & Meek Mill’
’Snow Tha Product – On. Now ft. Trae Tha Truth (Prod. by Cardo)’
’Snow Tha Product – Cali Luv (Prod. by The Cataracs)’
’Travi$ Scott – Dance On The Moon Feat. Theophilus London & Paul Wall’
’YONAS – Pocket Full of Dreams’
’Clinton Sparks – Gold Rush feat 2 Chainz, Macklemore & D.A.’
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Martin Solveig – The Night Out (A-Trak & Clinton Sparks Remix) Feat. Ludacris

As one of the hottest tracks of 2011, Martin Solveig‘s “The Night Out” became the anthem to many nights out on the town last year.  Now, Clinton Sparks is trying his hand at a revival of the track with his lastest remix featuring some help from A-Trak on the production and Ludacris himself on the vocals.  Adding a slightly heavier twist to the track, Clinton Sparks & A-Trak manage to breathe new life into the club banger, making certain this track will live on well through 2012.  If you happened to miss out on Clinton Sparks’ My Awesome Mixtape 3, make up for your mistake by checking it out here.

’The Night Out (A
Trak & Clinton Sparks Remix)’
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Clinton Sparks – My Awesome Mixtape 3

Do you know that excited, amped-up feeling a new or beloved old song gives you when it unexpectedly blares through your speakers? My Awesome Mixtape 3 does just that. Known for his weekly radio show, SmashTime Radio, the American DJ and music producer Clinton Sparks has combined favorite house, electro, hip hop and dubstep tracks to deliver listeners an “all-rise” feeling that will get everyone pumped up to do something active. Kicking it off with a remix of Tiesto‘s  epic track “Maximal Crazy” and going strong with tracks like Wolfgang Gartner‘s “Redline,” Sparks still managed to add an extra cherry on top by dropping an unexpected twist on classic 90’s by Semisonic and Lit.

Track list:

1. Intro – Who Loves House,Electro,Hip Hop, Dubstep (Live from a Clinton Sparks Awesome Party)
2. Who Came to Mother F#ckin Rage – Clinton Sparks & Joker Inc.
3. Maximal Rattle – Tiesto, Rick Ross & Bingo Players
4. Who is Ready, Hell Yeah – DJ Chuckie, Tiesto & Showtek
5. All by Myself – Dubvision & Ludacris
6. Somebody Epic by Myself – Goyte, Sandro Silva, Quintino & Dubvision
7. Call me out of Control – Carly Rae Jepsen, Alesso, Sex Ray Vision & DJ Kue
8. If you’re trying to Rage – LMFAO & Ralvero
9. Night out with your Girl – Martin Solveig, Ludacris, A-Trak & Dadalife
10. We Are Young so Let’s have a good time & Rage – Fun., Pitbull, Dadalife, Hypercrush & Alvin Risk
11. Red Line (Got Me Started) Again – Wolfgang Gartner Feat: Clinton Sparks
12. Shooting for a Million Stars – Otto Knows & Rick Ross
13. Stars Come Out – Zedd & Heather Bright (Tim Mason Remix)
14. I’m Glad You Came In Time – The Wanted, Alvaro & Wale
15. Embrace Eyes on the Illest Chic Alive – Kaskade, Mindy Glenhill, Dirty South, John Dalhback & Wale
16. Watch You – Clinton Sparks (Clinton Sparks & Maestro Harrell Remix)
17. Where Have You Been – Rihanna (DJ Vice Remix)
18. You’re Gonna Love me Again – Nervo & Roscoe Dash (John Castro & Zroq Remix)
19. This is Love – Will.I.Am & Eva Simons
20. Spectrum Dream – Zedd, Fabolous, Jodeci, Mathew Coma & DJ Chuckie
21. The Veldt – Deadmau5, Chris James & J. Cole (Tommy Trash Remix)
22. Language (Let’s Drive) – Porter Robinson Feat: Clinton Sparks
23. Scream – Usher (Clinton Sparks Remix)
24. Rolling Stone T-Shirt – Dadalife, T-Pain & Cazzette
25. H8RS – AN21 & Max Vangeli Vs. Steve Angello
26. I Rave You – Basto
27. WTF – Nicky Romero, 50 Cent & Zroq
28. IDKurName – Clinton Sparks Feat: Mike Posner
29. In My Mind – Ivan Gough, Feenixpawl, Georgi Kay & Axwell
30. My Own Worst Enemy – Lit Vs. Clinton Sparks
31. She Hates Me – Puddle Of Mudd Vs. Clinton Sparks
32. Closing Time – Semisonic Vs. Clinton Sparks
33. Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown (Clinton Sparks Remix)
34. Hey Love – Clinton Sparks
35. Nothing – Sander Van Doorn
36. Outro – The Inevitable Outcome
37. Catch This Flight – Clinton Sparks (Produced By Tha Bizness)

’My Awesome Mixtape 3’
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