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The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 2]

Welcome back to the Hip-Hop Dojo! It seems just like yesterday we put up the first edition of this humble playlist, but we have all this awesome music to remind of us the time that’s passed. This week’s lineup features some true lyrical wordsmiths, from veterans like Talib Kweli and Ras Kass, to youngsters like Kendrick Lamar and Joey Purp. Although we’re only in our second week, a few artists are already making reappearances like the aforementioned Joey Purp, as well as STSSahtyre, King Chip, and Termanology. Since last week’s post ran a little lengthy, we’ve tried to shorten things by highlighting some of the standout material.

We start things off this week with a more conscious vibe. While up-and-comer Eddy B sheds light on some of his harsh realities growing up, Talib and R.A. The Rugged Man take us for a tour around the globe, exploring atrocities many of us may not have been aware of. Meanwhile, ¡Mayday! frontman Wrekonize also provides us with some insight to personal struggles of his own, and the reasons for his “Anxiety Attacks.”

Toning things down in the next section, we’ve assembled a nice collection of songs to share with your other half. One of the most notable items is “Natural Spring Water” from 2AM Club, who flaunt their roots in multiple genres alongside Wichita native, XV. We also have a few recognizable faces in here too. With Tyga & Chris Brown‘s “Fuck For The Road” comes a story of redemption and renewal, while The World Famous Tony Williams and his (arguably more famous) crew of Kanye WestKing Chip, and Freddie Gibbs, assemble together for a remix of his ode to that special someone. Lastly, we have a new cut from some TMN favorites, THEBLKHANDS, who utilize a brilliant sample of The xx‘s “Angels” to introduce us to the darker side of love.

The next section just features some good old-fashioned trash talking, a language that’s clearly spoken worldwide as evidenced by our inclusion of London-based ItsNate on the remix of his hit record, “WSLTA” which stands for “Where She Learnt That At.” We also get some outstanding verses from the likes of Joey Purp, GQ, Rapsody, Rocki Evans, Blu, and Smoke DZA along with his new R.F.C. crew. Old-fashioned wasn’t just a figure of speech either, as just about all of these tracks have some ill, old-school vibes to them.

As always, we also have a few cuts ideal for listening between 4:19 and 4:21. B.I.C.‘s spaced-out “DOPM” is definitely a standout in that category. Credit is definitely due to Chuk Le Garcon, who creates a trippy, ethereal beat for the boys to spit on. We can’t forget to give props to Ras Kass for coming up with the possible line of the week on Termanology’s “We Stay High,” spitting, “I’ll put a rapper in a wheelchair like Degrassi.” Sahtyre‘s got a real banger for the second week in a row, with his powerful new single, “Gettin High.”

Speaking of bangers, we’ve got a real treat for you with our next two songs, both featuring prominent samples. While STS definitely does his thing over Kavinsky‘s “Odd Look,” Zak Downtown and Murda Mook absolutely tear apart TNGHT‘s “Higher Ground.” Finally, we decided we’d wrap things up with some uplifting music. “Jordan vs Bird” is a triumphant song from Puck, a unique rapper, who proves he won’t let being resigned to a wheelchair prevent him from taking the court.

I hope you guys enjoyed our second edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo. As always, if you have any suggestions or submissions, feel free to send them over to baseer@themusicninja.com.

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’Eddy B – Hope’
’Gee Watts – Watts R.I.O.T. Ft. Kendrick Lamar (Prod. by Sounwave)’
’R.A. The Rugged Man – Learn Truth (ft. Talib Kweli)’
’Wrekonize – Anxiety Attacks’
’2AM Club – Natural Spring Water feat. XV’
’Tyga – Fuck For The Road ft. Chris Brown’
’Tony Williams – Another You (Remix) ft. Kanye West, King Chip & Freddie Gibbs’
’THEBLKHANDS – In Love (Feat. Kembe X)’
’Joey Purp – Don’t Stop (Prod. Thelonious Martin)’
’GQ – I Know Feat. Rapsody & Rocki Evans (Produced by Khrysis)’
’Smoke DZA – Ghost Of Dipset (Prod. Thelonious Martin)’
’R.F.C. (NYMLo, Den10 & Smoke DZA) – Slave To The Wave (Prod. By 183rd)’
’ItsNate – WSLTA (Remix) Feat. G FrSH, Catch’Em x Phaze One’
’Blu & Bombay – Dre Day’
’Termanology – We Stay High (Feat. Ras Kass & Wais P) (Prod. Statik Selektah)’
’B.I.C. – DOPM (Prod. By Chuk Le Garcon)’
’Sahtyre – Gettin’ High’
’Zak Downtown – Don’t Blow My High ft. Murda Mook’
’STS – Odd Look’
’Puck – Jordan Vs Bird’
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[Hip-Hop] Big K.R.I.T. – Gettin’ Mine ft Rapsody and Heather Victoria

2011 introduced the interwebs to the southern rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. with three dope mixtapes. Slowing down on free material in 2012, K.R.I.T. dropped another tape with a critically acclaimed debut LP, Live from the Underground. With 2013, fans and music lovers alike can rejoice with her latest single “Gettin’ Mine”. Collaborating with legendary producer 9th Wonder and his protege femcee Rhapsody, this track has the two emcees delivering a fast paced rhyme over a smooth beat. Something about the vibe these two bring makes for a smooth collaboration. Accompanied by soft vocals from the songstress Heather Victoria, this laid back tune makes for a worthy preview to the Mississippi native’s upcoming mixtape K.R.I.T., dropping later this year.

’Big K.R.I.T. – Gettin Mine ft. Rapsody & Heather Victoria (Produced by 9th Wonder)’
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[Hip-Hop] Rapsody – Round Table Discussion Feat. Mac Miller & The Cool Kids (Prod. 9th Wonder)

Rapsody can no longer solely be associated with a B-list music service. The emerging female rapper certainly impresses with the second single off her upcoming album The Idea of Beautiful, dropping on August 28th.  With features from Mac Miller, The Cool Kids, and fresh production coming courtesy of the legendary 9th Wonder, you know this one is bound to be ill. The year 2012 is certainly shaping up to be the one of the female emcee, with young newcomers like Rapsody, Nitty Scott MC, and Azealia Banks getting ready to take over, and former heavyweights like Eve, Missy Elliot and Lauryn Hill poised to make their official comebacks later this year.

’Rapsody – Round Table Discussion ft. Mac Miller & The Cool Kids (Produced by 9th Wonder)’
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[Hip-Hop] Rapsody- Nonfiction ft. Raheem DeVaughn & Ab-Soul (Prod. 9th Wonder)

9th Wonder’s protege and NC rapper Rapsody is prepping for the release of her debut album titled The Idea of Beautiful, dropping August 28th. With the release of her latest single “Nonfiction”, she stays consistent with the 9th Wonder old-school NYC emcee production while recruiting the lyrical talents of Ab-soul and singing and rapping abilities of Raheem DeVaughn. The trio bring an end to that “bubble-gum rap” with some pure hip-hop for your eardrums. Ab-Soul kills the track with a sick 16 bar feature, Raheem’s voice blends well with the percussion heavy, vocal looped beat, and the talented female emcee Rapsody delivers with witty and lyrically impressive rhymes. Rapsody deserves a lot of respect for her genuine artistic integrity in a genre often lacking strong, positive female representation. This is definitely a banger and needs to be in steady rotation on your playlist for hip-hop enthusiasts.

’Rapsody – NonFiction ft. Raheem Devaughn & Ab
Soul prod. by 9th Wonder’
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