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[New] Nas – The Season (prod. by J. Dilla)

The Season (prod. by J.Dilla)

It may not be Thanksgiving just yet, but the holidays brought out the softer side with a new tune from the Queens emcee, Nas. Apparently ‘Tis “The Season” for the rapper to deliver some new music for our listening enjoyment. Backed by a classic “Gobstopper”-sample  from the legendary J.Dilla, the latest single is a smooth, percussion filled track with a nice jazzy vibe. After previewing this gem last night during Run the Jewels 2 event in Brooklyn, Nas unveiled the full-length studio version today for fans to get into.

Balancing snares and horns with some spoken words, Nas remains humble as he pays homage to the late producer and speaks on not being able to enjoy the spoils of his success. It is good to know that even with all the success, Nas still takes the time to give fans some original, reflective work. Nas also credits his brother The Jungle for his source of inspiration and denies ever getting rhymes from Jay-Z or his protege Jay Electronica. Take a listen to the new single and be sure to stay tuned to hear more.

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[Hip-Hop] Phife – Dear Dilla

Dear Dilla

In memoriam of one of rap’s greats, A Tribe Called Quest‘s Phife Dawg pays homage on his new single “Dear Dilla”. J Dilla, born James Dewitt Yancy, was one of the most influential emcee/producers in the game, whose work on the board and mic led to some of the greatest tracks in hip-hop history. His life was cut too short in 2006 due to complications from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Paying tribute to his friend on this new single, Phife remembers the good times they spent together over a DJ Rasta Root throwback beat. Coming across as more of a story during the rapper’s wake, Phife even recalls the time they both spent in the hospital together. Take a listen to the first single from Phife’s upcoming MUTTYmorPHosis project.

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[Hip-Hop] Joey Bada$$ – Two Lips (Prod. J Dilla)

Joey Bada$$ x J Dilla
Two Lips

Joey Bada$$, one of Brooklyn’s youngest and brightest talents, has become known for his fresh take on the sounds of his hip-hop predecessors. Over the last couple years he has repeatedly proven an unmatched ability to deliver intelligent, clean bars over classic beats from the likes of MF Doom, Lord Finesse and, his personal favorite, J Dilla. On Joey’s latest offering, he gets a chance to spit over a previously unreleased beat from the late, legendary Dilla with incredible results.

J Dilla’s relaxed, lo-fi backdrop sets the scene for one of the young emcee’s dopest tracks both in terms of delivery and lyricism. “Two Lips” fits with Joey’s recent shift towards a darker, grittier and more contemplative style, while displaying the impressive evolution of his flow. The above track came out of a collaboration between the J Dilla Foundation, which provides instruments and music classes to low-income children, and Akomplice Clothing. It will be available online on November 29th as a limited edition vinyl to go along with a Dilla-inspired line from Akomplice here, and all proceeds will go to the cause.

[via P&P]

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[Hip-Hop] Black Milk – Sunday’s Best/ Monday’s Worst

Black Milk
Sunday's Best / Monday's Worst

It has been some time since we have heard some new solo heat from Detroit emcee Black Milk. Breaking his silence today, he drops a new lead single titled “Sunday’s Best, Monday’s Worst”. It has been almost 3 years since Milk’s last solo effort Album of the Year and with his latest track, he takes listeners to church. JDilla‘s disciple combines two songs as one continuous piece of dope music. The first part “Sunday’s best” is a gospel-laced with an underground appeal and the second part “Monday’s Best” brings the reverse, soulful tune that tells a sombre story.

It is a great listen for most hip-hop heads and really shows Milk’s lyrical prowess on the mic. Definitely worth a listen below and are available for download on iTunes now. Both tracks will be featured on Milk’s uncoming untitled new solo album dropping later this summer.

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[Hip-Hop] Smoke DZA – K.O.N.Y. (Mixtape)

Harlem’s Smoke DZA first caught hip-hop fan’s attention back in 2010 with his impressive mixtape, George Kush Da Button. Since then, he consistently released strong projects, joined up with New Orleans veteran Curren$y’s Jet Life Recordings and put out one of the strongest hip-hop albums of the summer with Rugby Thompson, entirely produced by Harry Fraud. DZA is a talented lyricist with a gritty east coast flow and certainly has created his own brand of lifestyle raps.

The self-proclaimed “Kushed God” released his most recent project yesterday boasting a star-studded tracklist. With features and production from Big K.R.I.T.Ab-SoulJoey Bada$$, King ChipSki Beatz and Harry Fraud, just to name a few, the expectations for K.O.N.Y. could not be higher and Smoke DZA most certainly does not disappoint. This is not a project you want to miss. Check out a few of the standout tracks below and grab the whole thing for free over here: Smoke DZA – K.O.N.Y..

’Smoke DZA – G.otham F._ckin C.ity (Feat. Joey Bada$$) (Prod. By J Dilla)’
’Smoke DZA Diamond (Feat. Ab
Soul) (Prod. By Kenny Beats)’
’Smoke DZA – K!NG (Feat. Big K.R.I.T.) (Prod. By Ski Beatz)’
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[Hip-Hop] Kami de Chukwu – Light (Mixtape)

After several impressive leaks, Chicago-based Kami de Chukwu, of the SaveMoney collective, released his debut mixtape a few days ago catapulting himself onto the radar of many open-minded hip-hop fans. Through out Light, Kami showcases a wide range of lyrical ability experimenting and growing along the way. With a diverse collection of original and classic production ranging from J Dilla to Hudson Mohawke to Nosaj Thing, there is bound to be something for all music listeners on this tape. On some tracks, such as “Manifest” and “Ig’Nant,” Chukwu comes off dark and cunning, while on cuts like “Prey” and “Red Rover” he shows a more pensive and laid back side. Light is a courageous first effort as the beat selection is lightyears from conventional. However, Chukwu pulls it off nearly flawlessly with the help of some fellow Chi-town reps.

Lights is an essential project for hip-hop fans and really anyone fascinated by the blurring of genre lines. Stream some of our favorite tracks below and download the whole tape free here: Kami de Chukwu – Light.

’Kami de Chukwu – Manifest (prod. Groundislava)’
’Kami de Chukwu – IgNant (prod. Jonwayne)’
’Kami de Chukwu – Scrapemoney ft. Preston San (prod Hudson Mohawke)’
’Kami de Chukwu – Red Rover ft. Brian Fresco (prod. XXYYXX)’

If you are really feeling Kami, download a few more loosies here – Kami de Chukwu – Light (Bonus Tracks)

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