The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 15]

Guess who’s baaaaaaccckk? Did you miss me? The Hip-Hop Dojo’s finally ready to reopen its doors for business, and I’ve got plenty to share with you today. I’ve traveled far and wide, sailed across the seven seas, climbed the highest peaks, and braved the hottest deserts to hone my craft, learning from the very best, meditating, and planning my return (basically picture the whole training sequence from Batman Begins). In all honesty though, I appreciate your patience over the last few months, and hope I can finally get back on my grind to deliver you the freshest hip-hop product on a consistent basis.

So without further ado, let’s get this party started. This very special fifteenth edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo features plenty of familiar names, from hip-hop heavyweights like Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Raekwon and Kendrick Lamar, to Dojo frequenters like Kings Dead, MeLo-X, Audio PushTito Lopez, and Devine Carama. We’ve even got a few fresh faces for y’all like Michael Christmas, Dom McLennon, A La $ole, GoldLink, and Fresco Nerd. Given the sheer size of our comeback playlist (over 45 tracks!), I’ll keep it light on the words this week to conserve your precious time and keep you focused on the music. However, if you like what you hear from any of these artists and want to check out any relevant projects from them, I’ll include a link roll below.

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


Roc Marciano – The Pimpire Strikes Back

Jabee – Deliver Us From Evil

MED & Blu – The Buzz EP


MoRuf – Shades.Of.Moo

Alexander Spit – Dillinger

Eddie B & Harry Fraud – Paper, Piff & Polo

Lecrae – Church Clothes Vol. 2

Fresco Nerd – Unexpected Expectations

Village of Pharaohs – Pharaodysseus (1996 A.D.)

Fly.Union – Loose Releases

OverDoz – Boom

MeLo-X – GOD: Pièce de Résistance

Tyrone Briggs – Scattered Thoughts

’Eminem – Don’t Front (feat. Buckshot)’
’Busta Rhymes – Thank You ft. Q Tip’
’Raekwon – It’s My Thing’
’A La $ole – Been Swank (Prod. Hames)’
’Devine Carama – 16 Bars In A Clip (produced by J
’Devin Miles – Show You The Cool {Prod. Air Kalo} Ft. Scolla’
’Audio Push – So Far To Go (Freestyle)’
’Hollywood FLOSS ft. Like of Pac Div – Underdog Remix’
’Roc Marciano – Sincerely Antique Ft. Action Bronson & Willie The Kid (prod. Alchemist)’
’Styles P. – All I Got (feat. Action Bronson & Easy Money) (Produced By Statik Selektah)’
’ELMNT – Tesla’s Son (Prod. Cam)’
’Jabee – PLVYVHVT3 ft. Kool AD’
’Stik Figa – Untitled +1 ft. Add 2′
’MED & Blu – The Buzz feat. Mayer Hawthorne (prod. Madlib)’
’ShowYouSuck – 80’s Boobs (prod by J. Arthur)’
’Waldo – Kobe’s Room (Truth Be Told) (Prod. by Sango)’
’MoRuf – Homie.Lover.Friend ft Jesse Boykins III’
’Isaiah Rashad – Ronnie Drake feat. SZA (Prod. by The Antydote)’
’Casey Veggies – Faces Remix (Ft. Dom Kennedy)(prod. Rob Holladay)’
’Casey Veggies – Life$tyle Remix (Ft. Curren$y)’
’Smoke DZA
Legends In The Making (Ashtray Pt.2) (Ft. Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y) Prod. By Harry Fraud’
’PrezSport – Same King (prod by Jansport J)’
’GoldLink – Creep’
’Blended Babies – See The World Ft. Asher Roth & Chuck Inglish’
’Alexander Spit – 94 Logo Blur feat. Chuck Inglish’
’Eddie B – The Warning ft. Sean Price & Termanology (Prod. By Harry Fraud)’
’Sean Price, Billy Danze & Maffew Ragazino (feat. DJ Babu) – Land of the Crooks (prod. by M Phazes)’
’Kuniva (of D12) – Michiganish ft. Jon Connor, Boldy James, Guilty Simpson’
’Lecrae – Was It Worth It (feat. Derek Minor & Crystal Nicole)’
’Shelton Harris & Tyler Dopps – No Gods’
’MoRuf – Fallen (prod. MeLo X)’
’Fresco Nerd – Real (Feat. A.J. Crew) (Prod. By ToneBeatz)’
’Brian Fresco – CIRCUMSTANCES ft. CRich’
’Dom McLennon – UNTLTD FLX’
’Jon Waltz – LNIA (Last Night In Atlanta)’
’Jon Waltz – Magic City (FNIA)
’Ryan Hemsworth & Starlito – “Can’t Get Over You”‘
’Fredo Santana – Jealous (Ft. Kendrick Lamar)’
’Kid Ink – My Own Lane (Prod by Ned Cameron)’
’Village of Pharaohs – Back to Cairolina (MMA & IV League) (Prod. by Ski Beatz)’
’Fly.Union – I’m There’
’OverDoz – These Niggas Ft Nipsey Hussle (Prod by. THC)’
’Kings Dead – Don’t Need Much’
’Tito Lopez – #BUSSIN (Prod. By Lone Lez)’
’Michael Christmas – Kunishi (Prod. Jasper Sheff)’
’MeLo X – Remember Remember (Feat. Cheri Coke)’
’Rockie Fresh (Feat. Lunice) – HEADQUARTERS Freestyle’
’Phive – Blowing Up! (feat The Graduates)’
’Tyrone Briggs – LOSER (Prod. by Mike Cash)’
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[R&B] Mayer Hawthorne – Crime (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Mayer Hawthorne
Crime (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Like many artists seem to be doing these days, Mayer Hawthorne gave NPR the go ahead to put up an advance stream of his album, Where Does This Door Go in anticipation of its release next Tuesday. One of the most intriguing pieces from the project happens to be “Crime,” the crooner’s first collaboration with the young and talented Kendrick Lamar. It seems like you can’t go anywhere without seeing Kendrick’s name these days, yet we still haven’t grown tired of him. Hawthorne ditches his traditional Motown sound for something with a bit more West Coast edge on this one. It still makes for a rather easy listen however, and we’re sure we’ll be coming back for seconds plenty of times during the summer. For more Mayer Hawthorne, you can check out the full stream of Where Does This Door Go at the link below before it hits shelves on July 16th.

STREAM: Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go

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[R&B/Soul] Mayer Hawthorne – Her Favorite Song (Feat. Jessie Ware)

Mayer Hawthorne
Her Favorite Song

We think Mayer Hawthorne got the title of his brand new single all wrong, because this is really our favorite new song. Complimented by the buttery vocals of British songstress Jessie Ware, Hawthorne makes yet another case for the title of “King of Soul” in 2013. The funky tune revolves around a female who considers her iTunes library to be a sanctuary from all the pressures of the world (which may sound familiar to many of you out there). It’s impossible to listen to this number without singing along, and you’ll find yourself hitting the rewind button more than a few times today. Once you’ve finished your umpteenth play-through, make sure to check out the quirky trailer for Mayer’s upcoming album, Where Does This Door Go, which will be in stores July 16th.

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[Groove] Mayer Hawthorne – Designer Drug

Mayer Hawthorne
Designer Drug

We love Mayer Hawthorne at Music Ninja. His unique sound and his catchy lyrics always find their way onto our playlists, in our headphones or streaming on our computers. Hawthorne just released his new, insanely wonderful song ‘Designer Drug’ which is sure to be a song of this summer. We unfortunately did not catch this release earlier and for that we apologize but for your listening pleasure we now share the addiction that was made inside of Hawthorne’s music laboratory. The song starts off with the simple lyrics “Last night, I tried a little Adderall…” and from there Hawthorne tells the story of popping some pills and mixing a few drinks but the only thing he really wants is his ‘designer drug’. We have all been there, fantasizing about a person who can bring us up to the top or take us right down to the very bottom. The beat is groovy, the lyrics are catchy and if you catch yourself snapping your fingers also with the tune, we won’t hold it against you.

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[R&B/Soul] Tuxedo – Tuxedo EP

It looks like the comeback of Justin Timberlake‘s got everyone stepping their soul game up. After Robin Thicke reemerged last week with his brand new single, “Blurred Lines,” mysterious soul group, Tuxedo, has also decided to show off why they’re better than any old “Suit & Tie.” Rumored to be a collaboration between Motown crooner Mayer Hawthorne, and industry veteran Jake One, Tuxedo is a godsend for enthusiasts of the smooth and funky. Although the EP is only three songs deep, it has just enough flavor to keep you satisfied. Starting things off with the hip-swinging, finger-snapping “Do It,” the EP soon proceeds onto the classic West Coast rhythms of “So Good,” before finally winding things down with the slowjam, “Get U Home.” The EP is definitely worth a listen the full way through, and we look forward to learning more about the identities behind this enigmatic group in the coming weeks.

’Tuxedo – Do It’
’Tuxedo – So Good’
’Tuxedo – Get U Home’
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[Hip-Hop/R&B] The Black Opera – Queen of Hearts (Feat. Mayer Hawthorne)

In order to promote the release of their new album, The Black Opera let go of this illustrious single featuring the soulful stylings of Mayer Hawthorne. “Queen of Hearts” is a song about courtship, with the emcees providing insight to  the women of their dreams and how they plan to convert them into royalty. The smooth, mellow production is greatly complimented by Hawthorne’s delicate, fervent vocals. If you enjoy this one, make sure to grab the free download below and check out Libretto: Of King Legend out now.

’The Black Opera – Queen of Hearts (Feat. Mayer Hawthorne)’
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[Live Review] Mayer Hawthorne – Denver 10/20

To say that we were excited for Mayer Hawthorne would be an understatement. We’ve been grooving to his 60’s and 70’s infused soul pop for quite some time. In fact, “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out,” and “The Walk” have become a few of our personal favorites. We know that he’s quite the charismatic performer just based on what we’ve seen and read, but we didn’t know quite what we were going to get ourselves into.

Here’s a few things you should know about a Mayer Hawthorne concert, just in case you’re thinking of going. And when we say, “thinking of going,” we mean you totally should go because it’s nothing short of fantastic.

– The crowd is going to be a little strange. You may find yourself next to hipster music nerds (such as myself and my friend), groups of 50 something women fawning over Mayer’s every word, or older couples that are reliving your youth. Regardless of which, it’s a friendly crowd, and one that’s enjoyable to be around.

– You may know that Mayer Hawthorne originally recorded this sound just goofing around. This is true, but don’t take that into account. He takes his music incredibly seriously, and his live show will prove that beyond a reasonable doubt.

– Mayer takes a picture in a lounge chair at every show, and then posts it on his facebook. Make sure to like his page and tag yourself after the show.

The stage set up, the band, Mayer’s outfit, and the overall vibe for the night is 100% on point with how you feel a soul show from that era would be like. It’s really entertaining to watch the older couples bob and sway as they relive their youth, and as a younger music lover, it’s a enchanting to be a part of music from another era. This is one show that we will recommend to just about anyone, so make sure to catch him next time he’s in your neck of the woods.

’Mayer Hawthorne – No Strings (RAC Remix)’
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