Shabaam does the damn thing and drops ill lyrics on a tasty beat by DJ Modesty. Enjoy.

Official Video directed by DJ MODESTY
Track from the BROOKLYN KINGZ COUNTY Album produced by DJ MODESTY (2015) , Available on :…
Track mixed by Jerome Musiani (EN PHASE)


Live From the Writer’s Bench Episdoe 60: Is Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly A Clasic Already?

Check out what Kil and the team have to say about Kendrick’s new joint. Enjoy and peep the info below:

This week, the team chops it about about Kendrick Lamar’s new album “To Pimp A Butterfly.” Their first reactions to hearing it vs. how they feel 2 weeks later, when is their best time & places to listen to new music, the new craze of calling an album a classic within 3 minutes of it dropping, can an album that JUST dropped 72 hours ago knock out Jay’s Reasonable Doubt or Songs In the Key of Life to creep into your top 5 and the most important question…is TPAB a 5 mic classic. Another dope ep ya’ll!

Diamond D – Ace Of Diamonds ft. Masta Ace

From the album, “The Diam Piece”. Available Now!

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Directed & Edited by Varras Tower.
Official music video by Diamond D performing Ace Of Diamonds. 2015 Dymond Mine Records LLC

Learn From Legends: 88-keys

Peep this. Rodney Hazard delivers the goods again. Enjoy:

88 speaks with Rodney in his own Manhattan pre-production studio overlooking the bustling blocks of the city, 88 explains how he took a mere three-word piece of advice from Q-Tip amidst the A Tribe Called Quest era, and mined a lasting career. The former record store clerk from NYC applied his passion for music and soon got to work with a rarely-boasted specific piece of equipment. 88 explains how it was his own naivety that would ultimately prompt him to hone a specific style that was all his own.

Heads can see that 88-Keys’ turntable shows it age and wear, and the self-proclaimed sampler surrounds himself with sonic sources (the records that stack up from the floor). Shopping beats to Jay (care of Beanie Sigel) in the growing years of Roc-A-Fella Records, 88 explains how Jay Z works so efficiently that two takes is often not necessary. The “No Church In The Wild” producer compares that against his longtime friend Kanye West, who has methods that demand “extreme amount of concentrated thought in every aspect of the song that you’re working on.” The world that the producer uses to describe the Watch The Throne results (or respective solo catalogs): “flawless.”

Just as he alluded to in the recent Cipher Show interview, the man born Charles Njapa recalls trading equipment tips with J Dilla, especially surrounding the then-newly-released Akai MPC 3000. Those reportedly secrets remain integral to Keys’ work today.

Once a beat tape-shopper, 88-Keys explains pushing boundaries into today, now creating compositions that he says, “change lives” if they work. A Head to the fullest, music certainly changed 88-Keys life, and as the series shows, Rodney’s too.

As Rodney Hazard has done with each previous installment (see: Da Beatminerz, M.O.P.’s Lil Fame and J-Zone), he applies the lessons from these legends into a fresh mix of his own. Teaming with Atlanta, Georgia-based sensation Rome Fortune (a relative of Cannonball Adderly and co.) and Jon Waltz. “It’s Mine” (included on Victim Volunteer) definitely has the full-bodied, aim-for-heavens approach heard in 88-Keys. The lessons were definitely received.…

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

Watch and think. That’s all I have to say. Please read below.


“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 way past their judgments and learned hatred toward one another. Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.”

For El-P of Run the Jewels “this is a vision of a seemingly never-ending struggle whose participants are pitted against each other by forces originating outside of themselves.”

Adds partner Killer Mike “this video represents the futile and exhausting existence of a purgatory-like law enforcement system. There is no neat solution at the end because there is no neat solution in the real world. However, there is an opportunity to dialogue and change the way communities are policed in this country. Salutes to AG Rojas for his unique take on the subject matter and to Shea and Keith for giving us their all and bringing it to life.”

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04/17 – Coachella
05/09 – Big Guava Fest, Ft. Lauderdale FL
05/23 – Boston Calling Music Festival 2015, Boston, MA
05/29 – Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
06/06 – Field Day 2015 – London UK
06/07 – The Forum – London, UK
06/12 – Bonnaroo Music Festival 2015, Manchester TN
07/05 – ATP Iceland 2015 – Keflavik, Iceland
08/11-08/15 – Oya Festival 2015 – Oslo, Norway
08/14 – Flow Festival 2015 – Helsinki, Finland
08/28- Reading Festival 2015 – Reading, UK
08/29 – Leeds Festival, Wetherby, UK

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Your Old Droog – MULE JUICE

Your Old Droog performs “Mule Juice,” off his new Kinison EP, live in the Cosmic Zoo studio for Kinda Neat. Quality bars as expected. Enjoy and peep the info below from Kinda Neat:

YOD dropped to a ton of noise last year due to the fantastic “Your Old Droog EP” and a little bit of mystery. He’s recently followed it up with the “Kinison EP.” Thanks to a diligent follower of KN (shouts to Trevor), I was informed he was in LA for the day while on tour with PRhyme. Due to horrendous traffic and time constraints, we couldn’t pull off a conversation for the podcast (forgot to even snap a picture of him we were in such a hurry), but we’ll get one in next time he’s in town. For the time being enjoy this effortless rendition of “Mule Juice.”

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Apathy – How To Breathe Underwater ft. Suave-Ski & Jus Cuz

Very chilled out vibes on offer from Apathy on the first release from his forthcoming EP “Weekend At The Cape” on Dirty Version Records.The beat is produced by AP. It’s a thing of beauty, a real head nodder. The track features Dirty Version Records artist Suave-Ski and Jus Cuz. Filmed in Connecticut

Video directed by Apathy & @Camachodidit. Filmed and edited by @CamachoDidit. @ApathyDGZ @suave_ski @juzcuz15