[Hip-Hop] ScHoolboy Q – Man Of The Year

ScHoolboy Q
ScHoolboy Q
Man Of The Year

While there’s still room for debate on who the real “Man Of The Year” will be for 2013, there’s no doubt that ScHoolboy Q will at least be in the discussion when all is said and done. Q’s latest single is certainly an addicting one, as the West Coast spitter bodies the reverberating instrumental from Nez & Rio with his typical brash and aggressive flow. This track will be featured on the upcoming soundtrack for NBA Live, although we’re sure it’ll also earn a spot on the TDE member’s upcoming album Oxymoron. While that still has yet to receive a release date, we’re crossing our fingers that we’ll have it by the end of the year, so ScHoolboy can prove that he truly deserves the title.

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[Video] Kanye West – Bound 2

Kanye West
Bound 2

After news that “Bound 2″ was going to be the next single from Yeezus, Kanye West stopped by Ellen to debut the latest visual for his infectious track. The scenic Nick Knight directed clip includes beautiful imagery of mountains, wild horses, mystical forests, and West driving a motorcycle as his ‘ride or die’ fiancé accompanies him. Those that didn’t get a chance to watch Kim Kardashian‘s home vid get the added bonus of a topless future Mrs. West too.

The visual comes across a little like a corny proclamation of how much these two are in love and not as artistic as Ye probably intended. The motorcycle riding is a little cliché and the novelty of the topless Kim shots, although nice, are played out at this point. Considering that these two already have a baby and are engaged, we get that they are in love. One thing that didn’t make sense was the missing Charlie Wilson cameo. Take a look at the video below and be sure to cop Yeezus, available now.

Kanye West is currently still on tour with Kendrick Lamar and special guests A Tribe Called Quest.

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The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 15]

TMN Hip Hop Dojo 2

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 baseer@themusicninja.com and ash@themusicninja.com.


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 BriggsScattered Thoughts

Dont Front (feat. Buckshot)
Busta Rhymes
Thank You ft. Q Tip
Its My Thing
A La $ole
Been Swank (Prod. Hames)
Devine Carama
16 Bars In A Clip (produced by J
Devin Miles
Show You The Cool {Prod. Air Kalo} Ft. Scolla
Audio Push
So Far To Go (Freestyle)
Hollywood FLOSS ft. Like of Pac Div
Underdog Remix
Roc Marciano
Sincerely Antique Ft. Action Bronson & Willie The Kid (prod. Alchemist)
Styles P.
All I Got (feat. Action Bronson & Easy Money) (Produced By Statik Selektah)
Teslas Son (Prod. Cam)
Stik Figa
Untitled +1 ft. Add 2
MED & Blu
The Buzz feat. Mayer Hawthorne (prod. Madlib)
80s Boobs (prod by J. Arthur)
Kobes Room (Truth Be Told) (Prod. by Sango)
Homie.Lover.Friend ft Jesse Boykins III
Isaiah Rashad
Ronnie Drake feat. SZA (Prod. by The Antydote)
Casey Veggies
Faces Remix (Ft. Dom Kennedy)(prod. Rob Holladay)
Casey Veggies
Life$tyle Remix (Ft. Curren$y)
Smoke DZA
Legends In The Making (Ashtray Pt.2) (Ft. Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y) Prod. By Harry Fraud
Same King (prod by Jansport J)
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
Was It Worth It (feat. Derek Minor & Crystal Nicole)
Shelton Harris & Tyler Dopps
No Gods
Fallen (prod. MeLo X)
Fresco Nerd
Real (Feat. A.J. Crew) (Prod. By ToneBeatz)
Brian Fresco
Dom McLennon
Jon Waltz
LNIA (Last Night In Atlanta)
Jon Waltz
Magic City (FNIA)
Ryan Hemsworth & Starlito
Cant 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)
Im There
These Niggas Ft Nipsey Hussle (Prod by. THC)
Kings Dead
Dont 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)
Blowing Up! (feat The Graduates)
Tyrone Briggs
LOSER (Prod. by Mike Cash)
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[NEW] Timbaland – Know Bout Me (Feat. Jay-Z, Drake & James Fauntleroy)

Know About Me (Feat. Jay-Z, Drake & James Fauntleroy)

After alluding to this track awhile back, mega-producer Timbaland drops a brand new single featuring Drake and Jay-Z. The single, titled “Know Bout Me,” is a monster collaboration and very reminiscent of classic Timbo from the 90′s with heavy hitting bass and rim rattling studio effects. It seems the beef is squashed between the rapper and producer and now we get the aftermath of the make-up. At first listen, it definitely takes some getting used to as Timbo abandons the synth beats and electro rhythms for a more throwback flow. That might be something that new fans are not used to but still is just as good as his previous hits. With the addition of Drizzy and Hov delivering some dope verses and James Faunterloy crooning on the hook, this is a nice taste of what is to come from the Virginia native.

If you are feeling nostalgic, take a listen to the first single off his upcoming full length Textbook Timbo, and be sure to grab a copy when it hits iTunes December 3rd.

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[Album Review] Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Love Game (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Bad Guy
Headlights (Feat. Nate Ruess)

In the entertainment world, the mention of a sequel to an original work that was borderline perfect is usually a polarizing experience. When you first hear it, you are excited because the original story was so great but you are also nervous because the follow-up could just ruin the first. Unfortunately, most of the time, sequels fall into the latter and are never anywhere close to the quality of the original. Such can also be said for Eminem‘s 10th studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

When you mention some of the greats in hip-hop, Eminem should be one of the first names out of your mouth. For 17 years, the Detroit emcee has changed the game by breaking through multiple barriers of the corny white rapper (Marky Mark, Vanilla Ice, etc.) and delivering a raw flow that is as equally controversial as it is dope and cynical. The one thing that separated Em from his counterparts was that he had no shame on the mic; no pop-culture icon nor topic was really off limits for his comedic and aggressive rhymes. From detailing  his dark upbringing in an abusive home to his battles with addiction and later his recovery, Marshall Mathers’ trauma has fueled some awesome music. Now at 41, he drops a sequel to his iconic third album The Marshall Mathers LP that attempts to continues his story and sets out to trump the mediocrity of his last few albums.

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[Remix] Kenna – Relations (Feat. Childish Gambino)

Relations Featuring Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino has been all over the place lately as he prepares for the release of his upcoming album, Because The Internet. This time he teams up with Kenna, hopping on the remix of his recent single, “Relations.” You know Bino knows a thing or two about relationships, which is exactly why he fits right in with the kooky 80′s inspired atmosphere, complimenting the funky vibes with some bold punchlines and hilarious ad-libs. Check out the single above, and stay on the lookout for Childish’s next project, set to drop next month.

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[Chill] Jhené Aiko – Stay Ready (What A Life) (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Jhené Aiko
Stay Ready (What A Life) (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Following the release of her “Bed Peace” single and video, LA singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko drops a new gem this Monday. The single “Stay Ready (What A Life)” is another rap-assisted track with Kendrick Lamar stepping up to the plate and delivering some bars over a chilled-out instrumental. Aiko keeps her usual sound of mellow vibes, soft vocals, and raw lyrics. She still has the ability to keep it sexy no matter what she belts out and the verse from Lamar adds a little lightness to the moody single. This is yet another release off her excellent Sail Out EP, available now on iTunes.

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