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Free Mp3: Kenn Starr f/ Melanie Rutherford “The Definition” (Produced by Black Milk)

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Kenn Starr sees his career at square one, despite being regarded among the elite of the DMV scene, and being in the inner circle of producers Oddisee and Kev Brown, and having his newest album signed to Mello Music Group. Eight years since his debut, Starr Status, Kenn Starr is baggage free on his sophomore album, Square One.

Largely produced by Kev Brown with a nice block of production by Black Milk, and additional work by 14KT, Roddy Rod, and Kaimbr,Square One is Kenn Starr getting back to his foundation to begin anew. The laid back flow remains intact—complementary to the Kev Brown’s vintage soul-crate production—but the perspective is written with a wisdom earned through seeing opportunities that overpassed his doorstep. On “Cigarettes & Whiskey“ he addresses his history with passing fancy and a buried hatchet, “please pardon my view points / Starr Status wasn’t a classic but had a few joints,” and makes no qualms about his hiatus.Square One is the only album Kenn Starr could write in order to bid farewell to days past and move forward.

With the firmest of grips on reality, Kenn Starr has kept his Low Budget Crew ties in toe, including Sean Born who makes appearances on “Product Of The Basement” and album closer, “Farewell”. Kenn also enlists Mello Music standout yU, and long time compatriot Wordsworth, as well as the lush voice of singing star Melanie Rutherford. Square Oneis built from the underground-up as Starr still writes from the mindset of being a product of the basement.

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Video: Apollo Brown & Ras Kass “Deliver Us From Evil”

Legendary lyricist Ras Kass breaks it down over soul stirring, head nodding production from Detroit producer Apollo Brown on this eye opener of a track. “Deliver Us From Evil” continues Ras’ demolition of the status quo with line after line of sharp minded political observations and clever word play. From Apollo Brown & Ras Kass’ critically acclaimed new album Blasphemy.

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Single: Method Man | Dominique Larue | M-Dot – “Shine”

Nowadays it’s rare you see Hip-Hop pioneer, Wu-Tang legend Method Man appearing in features. Nevertheless, ten seconds in, that’s exactly what the uplifting and triumphant single “Shine” brings front and center. California based Film/TV score composer Soulplusmind lays the backdrop for Tical, alongside Dominique Larue (Columbus, OH) and M-Dot (of EMS) (Boston, MA) to articulate their lexicon, simultaneously showcasing an angst for hip hop that offers substance, with New York vocalist Katy Gunn providing the hook.

“Shine” is the lead single taken from underground staple and Beantown’s multi-award winning lyricist M-Dot’s two part debut album “Ego and the Enemy” (in stores 2015). The LP’s will feature production by Hi-Tek, Marley Marl, M-Phazes, Marco Polo, 7L and many more surprise industry respected beat-smiths (TBA). Note to DJs: ‘Shine’ is 100% obscenity free
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Free Mixtape: HARN SOLO – Travelling Man

Traveling Man, the most recent effort from the continuously creative Harn SOLO, is more than just a title. SOLO’s eleventh creative endeavor, Traveling Man tells the tale of a young music fan from Southern California that chased his dreams to New Orleans before stopping in his current locale of Denver. Those familiar with the past releases from Harn SOLO will not be disappointed to see imaginative boundaries continued to be pushed; something that is lacking in today’s mainstream music. More than a rapper, but rather an artist, Harn SOLO has added another masterpiece to his collection with Traveling Man.

After his recent relocation from New Orleans to Denver, Harn linked up with recording engineer Jonathan Klein to document the experience. Assisting with the overall transportation theme, Traveling Man features airplane and train audio clips handpicked from creative partner Caliobzvr. The graphic design for the release was conceptualized by Elespee of Guerilla Publishing Company – NYC.

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Free Album: MAGNIFICENT RUFFIANS & OWBESE – SHUT UP AND RAP

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Video: D.O.S. – Too Raw (ft Crew54 x Jamar Equality)

D.O.S. releases his latest video “Too Raw” off his album “Obey The Raw”.

Austin, Texas lyricist, D.O.S., has been flooding the streets with his brand of traditional raw hip hop since the early 00′s. His catalog is extensive and consists of several critically acclaimed projects that have featured several well established MC’s like Devin The Dude, Bavu Blakes, and Planet Asia, among others. His latest offering is titled Obey The Raw and was produced entirely by Texas based producer Ruler Why. The album is what D.O.S. refers to as a “throwback album” meaning it is sonically set up to sound like an album that would have released during the golden era of hip hop. At present, D.O.S. has released two visuals from Obey The Raw that can be found on various blog sites as well as his YouTube page. Obey The Raw is available now on iTunes, CD Baby, and can be streamed on Spotify.

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Free EP: Abstrakt Mind – Rebirth of a New ERa

Abstrakt Mind has released his debut project entitled #ROANE “Rebirth Of A New ERa.” Abstrakt is a young emcee out of CT who is striving to inspire the youth with his talents! At age 21 he is looking forward to the come up and everything that comes with being indie. If you would like to know more about Abstrakt follow him on Twitter and IG at @Abstrakt_Mind

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Stream: ELMNT – J feat. Promise [remix]

The song was written in Italy amongst travels, the hardship of maintaing balance and making ends meet. The only thing that was consistent at that time was belief, trust above,

The beat was a rework of a J Dilla beat, the resonance of the sample evokes a certain Gxdliness to it.

In the end, J Dilla was an Angelic-Druglord to music that kept feeding our addiction through all these years, and he needs to be praised like J.

It all makes sense in time.

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Video: Kyle Rapps & Hefna Gwap – “Searchin”

No matter how far Kyle Rapps, Hefna Gwap and Aaron Cohen go, they’ll always carry their neighborhoods on their back. Produced by Fudge, “Searchin,” borrows a slick sample of Roy Ayers’ hit of the same title, as originally featured on the ’71 release off his quinquennial LP, Ubiquity. The track seamlessly blends the off-the-record narrative of all three artists, as they reflect on their upbringing, fears, and individuality, as the beat builds over a set of breezy horns, and Biggie quotables. Directed by Jason Ano of ASAP Rocky’s “Purple Swag” fame, “Searchin,” shows us that in a time when the Internet has become the stomping ground for artists to exhibit their talent, your own community is still important. “Searchin” is now available on Kyle Rapps & Hefna Gwap’s free release, European Tic Tacs, which can be downloaded via Mishka’s Bandcamp page…enjoy!

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Video: Rebels Without A Cause – “AmeriKKKa”

Rebels Without A Cause is a duo comprised of Sik Vik, from Brooklyn, and Jon Blaze, from Manhattan. The two met in Pennsylvania and have been making music ever since. Today they are bringing a video to us called “AmeriKKKa,” which is definitely an appropriate rendition of the problems our society is facing at this very moment.

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Video: Danny Diatribe – Encounter Philosophical (Prod. Pro P)

Encounter Philosophical is the 1st single off Irish born, Manchester based rapper Danny Diatribes 2nd album Elevation Illustrations. Diatribe has teamed up with the prolific Bluntskins DJ/Producer Pro. P to bring you this hard hitting L.P. featuring a whole host of Manchester’s rising stars in the UK hip hop scene such as: D’Lyfa Reilly, Black Josh, Dubbul O, The Bluntskins, the legendary Herrotics crew and special guest production from Aver of the Manchester super group TNC.

Set to drop early 2015 on Room2 Records, eLEVATION iLLUSTRATIONS is definitely one of the releases to look out for in the coming year.

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Free Single: Don Speaks – Ape Shit (Von Pea Remix)

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This winter, HiPNOTT Records has gathered our team of artists to give our fans a compilation of previously unreleased music for this holiday season.  The compilation will be available for free download December 24th as our holiday gift to you. Until then, we will leak a few new tracks from the set along with accompanying video holiday cards from our artists.

Next up is a new remix from Tanya Morgan’s Von Pea. Earlier this year, Donwill (the other half of TM) teamed up with producer Dash Speaks to release the incredible EP Dash Speaks. Here’s Von got his hands on one of the acapella and worked his magic.together Stream/download it below and view Van Pea’s personal holiday video message to you.  While you’re at it, go download a copy of Dash Speaks and look out for physical CDs dropping early next year.

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