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Video: Run The Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha – “Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k)”

“When Run The Jewels sent me this track, I knew we had the opportunity to create a film that means something. I felt a sense of responsibility to do just that. We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It’s provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They’re not stereotypes. They’re people – complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They’ve already fought their ways past their judgements and learned hatred toward one another. Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.

I am really proud of where we ended up, and I am very thankful that our actors Shea Whigham and Keith Stanfield committed to these characters 100%. They breathed complex life into two people who are usually portrayed in simplistic ways – as archetypes. I can tell you it was an emotional shoot day. It is tough to re-create moments that are so fresh and prevalent in our world today. It affected all of us in deep ways. But I believe that it is important that the way we feel when we see these events in real life has an effect on us. That we resonate with what we know to be right and we don’t numb ourselves out so those feelings can simply be swept away, we must confront them and take some action, however small, or we’ll be stuck in the same cycle of violence and hate.”

– AG Rojas


Video: Big Sean – Blessings (ft Drake & Kanye West)


Single: Kydd Jones – Blink Away ft Sean Price

Austin, Texas rapper/producer Kydd Jones presents “Blink Away”, the Kydd & Keef-produced new single featuring Sean Price from GR33D, Kydd’s forthcoming album. Jones’ 2012 albums The Sounds In My Head 2 featured Yelawolf, Pac Div and Skyzoo, while The Righteous LP featured G.O.O.D. Music affiliate GLC and Dallas duo A.Dd+. Jones has also worked with artists such as Kirko Bangz and Max Frost of Atlantic Records as well as Dee-1 of RCA Records. A five-time SXSW Showcase artist, Jones performed in 2012 at the XXL SXSW Showcase; at A3C 2012 in Atlanta for Red Bull Soundstage; in 2013 at Pop Montreal and FunFunFunFest; in 2014 at the 10th Anniversary A3C Festival and Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, the A3C Best In Show for NXNE 2014 and opened for Danny Brown for the Red Bull Sound Select in Austin during SXSW 2014. He has toured numerous times, including The Red Bull Skooled Tour, LRG Homegrown Tour, Yelawolf Texas Tour, Big Sean College Tour, Sneaker Pimps Tour, The Return of Screw York City Tour, The Cool Kids Southwest Tour, and The HipHopGods Tour. The Austin-American Statesman said that Jones “exemplifies Austin about as well as anyone out there. His style is laid back but clear-spoken. Funky and fun.” Jones says “I made the ‘Blink Away’ about gun awareness. I wasn’t trying to be political but its something we deal with everyday; good or bad, just don’t be naive. To put it in my point of view: life’s a blink away. I met up with Sean price in NY and he added his own cadence to the song to make it pop to another level also. When I was making the song, I grabbed the sample from another beat I had made four years earlier, and from there I just went to work.”



Video: Alphamale – All Sides of Alpha (prod. Tony Bella)

The “All Sides of Alpha” video was shot and edited by IVB Films. This is the intro to Alphamale’s album also titled All Sides of Alpha. It is a quick view into the many personailities of Alphamale. The track produced by Tony Bella ties three different styles into one raw track.

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Album Stream: Hot Peez – White Hall

There’s already a bit of buzz going in about Hot Peez’ White Hall album. That’s going beyond the two singles we’ve already championed in “Think About Us” and “Cherish”. The blend of New Orleans home cooking along with spaced out production from the likes of Donnie Houston, Trakksounds, Re’Al & others show out here.White Hall isn’t a complete one man effort as Peez gets guest verses from Bigg Fatts & SOTA but everything else? Peez, layered, introspective at times given the awkward, unconventional path he took to music and more. You can buy White Hall on iTunes now and hear the LP for yourself via Soundcloud. (DayAndADream)



Free Beat Tape: Amiri – Just Diggin 2!

Last month, HiPNOTT producer Amiri released his latest beat tape, “Just Diggin With Amiri”. The reception was so overwhelming, he’s giving fans a second tape “Just Diggin 2!”.  20 new beats for hip hop beat-heads.
Amiri’s latest album, This Is Part Time, is in stores now.


Tommy SPITZ: Get Busy

Mic CheckToronto is well represented by a highly creative artist known as Tommy SPITZ. A homegrown sound familiar to many and about to break airwaves globally, Spitzo holds no bars back with his single:  Get Busy a single he dropped after he released his much anticipated EP: God’s Got My Back. A unique, haunting melodic beat is complemented by raw lyrical genius. Get Busy is a message to the masses that Spitzo is ready to bring the heat and he always represents Toronto on his back. His verbal ammunition is a depiction of future bars to come and the fire that is going to follow. Tommy SPITZ is a very versatile artist with a flow that is mesmerizing to the mind. He holds no fear in his lyrics and will put fake emcees on blast if need be. He represents the real and that is relevant in his lyrics. Get Busy reveals that Spitzo is the epitome of an independent artist, he requires no assistance from anyone. From production, to graphics to audio engineering, video production, marketing and promotion; he is a master of all trades. This single is something refreshing to hip hop. A well composed beat with supreme lyrical balance. Get Busy is exactly what Tommy SPITZ in doing in this industry right now and is always ready to collaborate and preserve his passion for the Art. Anyone with a genuine love for hip hop and an artist who evolves with the time’s, yet remains grounded to real rap will enjoy what Tommy SPITZ creates .

Stay tuned for a NEW video dropping soon: Look At Me Now!!!



6ypher In The Six – Round 2 Feat Knemesis, Baby Grhyme, Tommy SPITZ



Video: Rapper Big Pooh – Augmentation (prod. Apollo Brown)

The first video from Rapper Big Pooh for his upcoming “Words Paint Pictures” nine track EP is for the song “Augmentation” produced by Apollo Brown. The visuals were shot by Jay Brown in Detroit a little while back and feature visual fx from Paul Mihailoff. Earlier today, The Source premiered the new video on their site, you can check it out here. For a little more insight, Big Pooh explains the song:

“Sometimes you have to destroy and rebuild in order to augment an idea. Augmentation is me destroying the idea that a lot of young cats have about a career in Hip Hop/Rap. We are trained to look at the exceptions and accept them as the standard. I just wanted to share some real game with up and comers, spectators, and those looking to make their mark.”


Video: The Delegates Of Rhyme – Look At What They Do Feat. Greg Blackman

The Delegates Of Rhyme’s brand new single called “Look At What They Do” featuring the amazing vocals of BBE signed singer and multi-instrumentalist Greg Blackman. The track as ever features Brixton based MC Donnie Numeric alongside the soulful, horn led production of Bristol based Vice.

The track talks about the music industry and the want for everyone to follow the pack. Unsurprisingly, Donnie and Greg don’t agree! The single, alongside 2 amazing remixes courtesy of Audiosnax and Mr Bim and the track’s accapella are completely free. You can download the set here

The video, filmed and edited by SATV, is also available to check on You Tube, featuring the three artists’ daily processes and behind the scenes manoeuvres! Currently finishing off our debut album “Assemblage”, things are hotting up for this talented duo.



Chicago alternative hiphop band House Of Whales presents “Long Distance”, the new single from their self-titled debut album, co-produced by Noam Wallenberg (Mac Miller, I Fight Dragons, Enrique Iglesias) and Zak Fox Jablow (Wu Tang Clan, Chance the Rapper, Asher Roth). Emcee Rico Sisney, bassist Mike Ruby, and drummer Aunnoy Badruzzaman use live instrumentation to craft beats intended to sound as if they were made on a sampler, combining spoken-word lyricism with indie-punk and boombap. Friends and musical collaborators since college, Badruzzaman and Sisney joined forces officially in 2012 to release theTell No One EP (listen) under their original name Treehouse, winning an Independent Music Award nomination. “‘Long Distance’ is about what it feels like to have your life focused towards something or someone that you don’t see all the time – be it another person, a goal or a higher power,” Rico says. “To do so requires faith, which is often misunderstood by those who don’t share it. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” House Of Whales is out now on iTunes.



Album: Rik Ducci & J-Dubble – The Essence

Underground hip-hop pioneers Rik Ducci & J-Dubble release their collaborative album “The Essence“. Recorded at Inner Recess studio in New Orleans, the full length experience includes 13-tracks created in the true feeling of old school rap music.

Rik Ducci is a veteran DJ who honed his skills on stages with classic acts like Camp Lo and The Lost Boyz during the golden age of the art form. Before linking up with J-Dubble full-time, his production efforts “Pride 4 Lunch, Sleep 4 Dinner” (parts 1 & 2) were well received within the New Orleans community, featuring popular artists Lyrikill and Jakie Skellz.

J-Dubble is a well known Crescent City wordsmith who earned the right to showcase his abilities with musical legends KRS-Oneand Rakim. Excelling as a solo emcee, he delivered his sophomore album “Still Fantastic” in 2014, while also sharing microphone duties as a member of Nola super group Tygah Woods.


Free Mp3: Drew Dave – TechnoGroove (feat. Kenn Starr)

From Drew Dave’s new album “SynthBASED,” a primarily instrumental journey through jazzy piano loops, afrobeat percussion, and soulful instrumentation.