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XV – Be There, Be Square (prod. by Xaphoon Jones)

XV, from Wichita, Kansas drops another track from his upcoming mixtape Popular Culture this week. For old school hip-hop heads, this should be a rather refreshing track with multiple references to some of rap’s most famous faces. Produced by Xaphoon Jones, the mixtape is set to drop on June 15th.

Be There, Be Square (prod. by Xaphoon Jones)’
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[Hip/Hop] Bun B – Stop Playin (feat. Royce da 5’9″ & Redman)

The Godfather of trill is back. Houston’s Bun B has dropped Stop Playin, a banger released in celebration of accumulating over 400,000 followers on Twitter (@BunBTrillOG). He also brought along hip-hop veterans Royce Da 5’9″ and Redman. The trio brings their A game to this one, killing rhymes over the simple beat and reminding you why they are all still on top of their hustle. Still no word on when Bun B will be releasing his next full-length project, but this slapper should give his devotees something to hold them over in the meantime.

un B – Stop Playin (feat. Royce da 5’9″ & Redman)

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OnCue – Rich Kid (prod. by Brenton Duvall & CJ Luzi) [Hip/Hop]

‘Rich Kid’ is the latest joint from OnCue and it’s a jam. OnCue may not look like your stereotypical rapper, but that doesn’t matter because stereotypes are fucking stupid. A good rapper is a good rapper regardless of color, race and background. If the beat is good, bump it. If the lyrics flow, sing it. The rest just shouldn’t be taken into account. OnCue’s flow and security in his rhymes makes him one of our favorite up and coming hip/hop artists. With that said, enjoy this track because it’s a genuine and honest story that will resonate with others. You can also keep up with Cuey via the web at or on Twitter at @mynamecuey.

OnCue – Rich Kid (prod. by Brenton Duvall & CJ Luzi)

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Chiddy Bang – By Your Side (Ft. CocoRosie)

By Your Side, a new CocoRosie remix by Chiddy Bang is the shit. Excuse my language, but it is what it is. I listened to this track five times in a row. Some might consider Chiddy Bang aka Team Swelly a little on the softer side, but the duo put out catchy cuts nonstop.

CocoRosie is the real story though. Comprised of two sisters, Bianca “Coco” and Sierra “Rosie” Casady, who were born and raised in the United States, but actually didn’t bond their musical talents together until reuniting in Paris in 2003 after years from being apart from each other. Since they have recorded four full length albums and have a massive following across the United States and Europe.

Chiddy Bang – By Your Side (Ft. CocoRosie

Bonus: Chiddy Bang – Swelly Extra Well (Ft. Chip Tha Ripper)

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Domo Genesis & Wiz Khalifa – Ground Up

Domo Genesis teamed up with Wiz Khalifa to give us hip-hop heads Ground Up. It has a chill, not overdone beat and both these guys know what they’re doing when it’s time to drop a verse. Genesis, a OFWGKTA representative, doesn’t back away from his reputation as a “weed rapper”, and this banger backs that up. And I think we all know where Wiz stands on the use marijuana. Blunts and bongs aside, this track slaps, giving listeners and smokers both something to enjoy this weekend. You can follow Domo Genesis on Twitter at @DamienGenesis.

Domo Genesis & Wiz Khalifa – Ground Up

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[Hip/Hop] De La Soul presents First Serve – Pushin’ Aside, Pushin’ Along

De La Soul’s Plug 1 and Plug 2 give us First Serve, a hip-hop duo from Queens. They recently released Pushin’ Aside, Pushin’ Along. Their debut album, due to drop April 2nd on Duck Down Music, has been described as, “the story of two dreamers in a basement struggling to start their musical career.” This track has that classic hip-hop feel to it, with quips, skits and best of all, a beat to nod your head to.

And as another teaser for the upcoming album, the duo introduced their first music video from the upcoming album. Must B The Music can be seen below. You can also follow First Serve at

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[Hip Hop] Azad Right – Growing Apart ft. AHE & Jhene Aiko

A week or two ago, we introduced Better Days, a painfully honest track from up-and-coming Los Angeles based emcee Azad Right. Today, he dropped Growing Apart, which uses a sample from fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar.

First and foremost: Azad was a stranger to me before I heard Better Days earlier this month, but I feel like I’ve learned more and more about this dude every day since. One reason being is that Azad doesn’t hide his true feelings or emotions in his music, something lost in today’s hip-hop. From life, love, heartbreak and all the way back, he puts it all on the line.

Download it, play it, share it, do something with it. And – follow Azad on Twitter to get all his latest music and show information at @AzadRight.

Azad Right – Growing Apart ft. AHE and Jhene Aiko

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